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Sam Cooper
Avon Park, Florida
2006-07-10 09:54:24

The July 10th article in the New York Times was horrifying. I thought such racism no longer existed in America, but now I fear I am wrong. I to live in a city with high levels of undocumented immigrants. Your solution only shifts the problem onto your neighbors. Maybe we should work towards real solutions rather than using hard handed and ultimately futile measures that only further divide America, and Avon Park.

Carl Simmons
Saint Petersburg, Florida
2006-07-10 10:46:11

This must be the article you're talking about?

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/10/us/10florida.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Kelly Dowd
Avon Park, Florida
2006-07-10 14:24:08

From the cited article reference a quote from Mr. Joe Wright. It is my opinion that he has other options. Since his V & W Farm is not in the city limits of Avon Park he could have constructed suitable housing on his farm for his undocumented workers. That would secure his plantation image and, as indentured persons, his work force would be under his sole protection. He then could opt for unilateral emancipation and the resulting citizenship for all his farm workers. There is precedent.

Bill Flanagan
Avon Park, Florida
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2006-07-11 17:43:15

Your mayor is a disgusting racist. These immgration laws will be struck down as unconstitutional.

Jeanne Morgan Hesperia, California
Avon Park, Florida
2006-07-12 19:39:49

I don't know if you are aware of this legislation. This is an excerpt of a letter from Christopher Cox, then a congressman now head of SEC. "Deputizing Local Law Enforcement Personnel. The relatively few federal immigration officers will never be able to apprehend and deport the enormous numbers of illegal aliens currently in the United States. Only when state and local law enforcement officials are authorized to enforce federal immigration laws will there be sufficient manpower to ensure compliance with our system of legal immigration. To this end, I authored Public Law 104-208, which authorizes the Attorney General to deputize local and state law enforcement personnel to assist in the identification, detention, and deportation of illegal aliens. Despite enactment of this law in 1997, this authority was never used by the Clinton administration. Now, we may expect it to be used as intended by Congress. Florida recently became the first state to seek to use this authority, and New York soon followed. (Our own state's Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, has unfortunately not applied under Public Law 104-208 for deputization of California law enforcement to enforce our immigration laws.) "

Willie Jenkins, Florida Avon Park, Florida
Avon Park, Florida
2006-07-18 14:38:41

I am a Disabled Vietnam Veteran, borne in Avon Park and just happen to be a Black Man.
The people that are going to be displaced the most in Avon Park are the poor uneducated Blacks on the south side of the city that are not bi-langual; especially Young Black High School Kids.

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  On 2006-07-11 17:43:15, Bill Flanagan  said:
Your mayor is a disgusting racist. These immgration laws will be struck down as unconstitutional.
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