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A Lady Wrote the Best Letter in the Editorials in Ages!!!
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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: February 16th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: And see....

See, and what you've written above is where I think you make the letter-writer's point for them:

People seem to love to blur the line between being for the enforcement of policy and being "anti-immigration". Being for the enforcement of policy does not even mean being *for* the policy. Why is it so hard just to address that the illegality is the issue? Why throw all the "cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior" on top of it? The only answer I can see to that is that there *isn't* anything to say about the illegality issue and people always need to be saying something.

The question is not "liberal immigration policy" vs. "conservative immigration policy", the question is how do you enforce it. Even in your own most desired and imagined immigration policy, surely there would be the possibility of "illegal immigrant", no?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 16th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: And see....

No, I'm not making the letter writer's point for her. You are ready to critique my rhetoric but apparently unwilling to acknowledge that her point is immersed in a conceit that perpetuates a conflation of categories which, while long-standing and often not perceived as a conceit, conceals as much as it reveals. The speeches of Abraham Lincoln and lesser figures aside, the United States is not a house and its "legal" inhabitants do not constitute a family. My sole reason for invoking the Statue of Liberty, ironically, in the first place was that the letter writer wasn't simply asking questions about the enforcement of policy in a neutral fashion, but using her conceit -- ably, I might add -- to sway opinion in her favor. Surely you see that?
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