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Alien reporting concepts

When describing “Welcome the Stranger” in Boise (“Welcoming campaign: Groups try to buck fear, intolerance,” Nov. 14), it didn’t occur to your reporter to ask why the campaign wasn’t titled “Welcome the Illegal Alien.”

It is against the law to illegally enter the United States, use forged documents and to work while here illegally. She might have asked the director of the “human rights center” which of these crimes she believes illegal aliens have a “right” to commit.

In a future article on illegal immigration, instead of interviewing four sympathizers and only one opponent, could you have a ratio slightly more in balance? What are the “values” that the “recent graduate” thinks are not upheld by enforcing the rule of law? One has a feeling they are not the values of the Americans.

The article subhead “groups try to buck fear, intolerance” wasn’t followed by an explanation of why Americans should not fear foreigners who are responsible for so much crime, or why we should tolerate the intolerable. It would also be of interest to know what the grinning “human rights activist” actually does for a living besides posting signs scolding Americans, and the total cost of the social programs of which he is a likely beneficiary.

Robin Corkery


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