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Volume 70, Issue 132, Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Letters to the Editor

Immigration has benefits

To the editor:

Dan Robicheauxis support of the minutemen militia border patrol in his letter to the editor, "Immigration problems begin across the border," (Opinion, April 11) is absurd. Illegal aliens actually help our economy and in the process help themselves. Illegal immigrants keep construction costs down, work our agricultural sector and keep restaurant prices affordable. They also work jobs most of us wouldnit take at that pay. 

Robicheaux mentions all the money immigrants send out of the United States to feed their families when the truth is, they spend most of their miserable paychecks on living expenses. The $100 sent to Mexico monthly is nothing in comparison to the savings that the American entrepreneur turns to more jobs. Peopleis job shortage concerns should aimed more at the global outsourcing of jobs.

The minutemen border patrols are a bunch of outlaws who break the law themselves by declaring open season on immigrants. We no longer live in the Wild West, and armed renegades of the law are a bigger threat to our nation than any immigrant looking for a better life. Robicheaux talks about terrorists and the threats they pose at our borders, but the truth is terrorists are far more likely to enter through our Canadian border. 

This great country was built on the back of immigrants who are in all of our family trees. We would be hypocrites to support the violation of immigrantsi human rights.

Rodrigo Tejeda
senior, accounting

One gracious fan

To the editor:

Thank you for your article highlighting the accomplishments of Russel Gonzales, aka The ARE ("Moving forward with the backbeat," Life & Arts, Thursday). As noted in the article, Gonzalesi music career has taken him to sold-out concerts in Germany and Japan. He has also been extremely active in the Houston hip-hop scene, playing at The Engine Room and other venues. The main reason Iim so happy with the article is because I was Gonzalesi neighbor for three years before he moved. 

I do have one complaint, though: the article neglected to mention his great personality, his avant-garde music style (one song even includes Beethoven samples) and his wonderful lion of a dog, Leo. Russel definitely deserved the spotlight.

Monica Granger
senior, economics/political science

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Letters to the editor are welcome from all members of the UH community and should focus on issues, not personalities. Letters must be typed and must include the author's name, telephone number and affiliation with the University. Anonymous letters will not be published. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, language and space. Letters may be delivered in person to Room 151, Communication; e-mailed to ; or faxed to (713) 743-5384.

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