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  •  I come from a family of immigrants. (7+ / 0-)

    People who have the dream to come here should be allowed to come. What I would advocate is increasing documented immigration, and relaxing our immigration laws, not tightening them. People who have the fortitude to come here, legally or illegally, are the kind of people America needs. After all, people like that built this country.

    I'm sorry, but I don't buy this "I've got mine, screw you" mentality. If I did, I'd be blogging at RedState.

    Sorry, not threatened of immigrants. Not in the least.

    Maine is more than just a state: it is an ATTITUDE.

    by commonmass on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 08:21:10 AM PDT

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    •  I am the child of a legal immigrant (0+ / 0-)

      My mother played by the rules. I do agree that it should be easier to get visas to come here. What I resent are the demands for special rights from apologists for illegal immigrants. But the US has every right to control its borders.

    •  Far too many people have the dream to come here... (0+ / 0-)

      ...than we could possible accommodate.  

      Todo tiempo pasado fue mejor. I don't believe that, but I hear this sig is permanent.

      by Rich in PA on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 09:59:40 AM PDT

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      •  Including the ancestors of most of us, who in many (3+ / 0-)
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        cases got here before there were restrictions. Free lunch ancestors. Another "You can't have that but I alraeady do and nobody is taking mine away.'

        •  I never understood this objection. (0+ / 0-)

          The fact that we previously had relatively unrestricted immigration in no way obliges us to continue with unrestricted immigration.

          Todo tiempo pasado fue mejor. I don't believe that, but I hear this sig is permanent.

          by Rich in PA on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 01:29:40 PM PDT

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          •  I now know why I lived in Austria (0+ / 0-)

            for so many years. If they would have had me back, I would have stayed. It is a MUCH more civilized country than this one.

            Maine is more than just a state: it is an ATTITUDE.

            by commonmass on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 02:14:07 PM PDT

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          •  IIRC the first immigration restrictions, against (1+ / 0-)
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            the Chinese, arose shortly after the Fourteenth Amendment provided equal rights for all persons. The minute that the immigrants started being persons not considered the equals of those already here, it started. And it has long been keyed to preferences for kinship, that is, kin of those who got in with a get into the country free card in teh first place. Since those nasty people over there couldn't be kin of the ones already here, it was and remains OK to exclude them.  

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