Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Drafters of immigration law arenít Nazis

Mr. Marquez-Navarez's letter, published in the Oct. 19 issue comparing the Alabama immigration law with the anti-Jewish laws enforced between 1933 and 1939 in Germany, is seriously and historically flawed. First, the Jewish people, against whom these laws were perpetrated, were citizens of Germany for centuries. These laws that were enforced were solely based upon religion and had nothing to do with immigration.

Second, we in America are blessed with a wonderful document called the Constitution. The legality of a law is protected by this document and thus far, the Alabama immigration law has not been deemed unconstitutional. America has always welcomed immigrants from the world over. The only requirement is that you enter this country legally and are documented by the government. To compare this immigration law with the incarceration and ultimate annihilation of millions of Jewish citizens in Germany is grossly negligent and displays a lack of understanding of what happened in Germany.

The immigration laws being instituted by some states target those people who enter our country illegally. Comparing this with the Holocaust is very offensive to the millions of people who lost their families by the Nazi atrocities.

Carole Armand


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