Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Peeling away more layers of the illegal immigration issue

George W. Grayson's March 30 Opinion piece, "Mexico prefers to export its poor, not uplift them," pointed out one of the most important problems for Mexican immigrants: the Mexican government. Responsibility for illegal immigrants in the United States rests squarely on Mexican President Vicente Fox and his government. A Mexican in need of a job wouldn't risk his life coming to the US illegally if his government were looking out for him.

As Mr. Grayson said, the American taxpayer should not bear the burden of Mexico's failure to do what is right by its citizens. Americans should also not play into the hands of exploiters who take advantage of the Mexican looking for work in the US. Marie TedfordUnderhill Center, Vt.

I really liked the April 4 article, "America eyes two paths for illegal migrants." Its writer mentioned one important fact that others seem to forget: the legal immigrants. A more open immigration law would be so unfair to those of us who paid $15,000 and waited six years for a green card. We followed the law, and now we may be in a worse situation than those who broke it. I can't tell you how angry it makes me. The US put many obstacles up for legal immigrants but may make it easy for those who are here illegally. That is way too much!Lucie HysLilburn, Ga.

In France, job security vs. flexibility

Regarding the April 6 article, "Why few young immigrants are protesting in Paris": The protests in France about the new labor laws for young people are bewildering. I was not aware that in France it was so difficult to lay off or fire an employee. I find this illogical.

Once they've been hired, these young people should assume the employer has a need for their services. If their work is satisfactory, they'll still have a job as long as the employer can afford their salaries. If the employer's business suffers and he or she can no longer pay workers' salaries, do young people feel the employer should keep them on the payroll? …

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