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Omar M. Campbell: Follow Arizona

Bravo, people of Arizona. I hope your state-level lead in dealing with illegal aliens will turn out to be a national trend. Public support in Arizona was 70 percent, and the Legislature passed the act with a substantial majority. It is too late for Colorado to get a similar measure on the ballot this fall, but if the feds do not act soon, we the people must.

Idaho, Utah and Texas have already declared similar intentions. Scott McInnis, candidate for governor of Colorado, has said he will initiate a similar measure if elected. Good for him. I hope it will turn out to be a kind of state-by-state, grass-roots tea party-type of movement nationwide. Our dysfunctional administration and politicians will just continue to dither otherwise.

Liberal talking heads and advocates for blanket amnesty all over the country are blathering frenetically on TV and other media about racism and profiling, particularly on the ultraliberal MSNBC network.

Not all illegals are from south of the border, of course. Other ethnic groups also break our laws by sneaking into the country from many directions. It is inconceivable that illegals of any stripe should be rewarded with amnesty for breaking our laws.

I wrote a letter titled "A message to Vincente" in 2006 on this very subject. A copy went to the Mexican consul in Denver, for forwarding to Mr. Fox. Neither answered. Local responders accused me of being a bigot. One suggested that I go south of the border to "smell the coffee," whatever that means.

I have suggested to several city councils and county commissions in the past that they fund GRAMNET, now ACET (All Crimes Enforcement Team), to hire an officer, certified by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), to check local employers for adherence to the federal law against hiring "undocumented immigrants" — a euphemism for illegal aliens used by those who sympathize with them. I did not receive a single reply. If there had been, no doubt it would have quoted the common platitude that the matter was for the feds to enforce. Fat chance, considering the Democrats look forward to votes and the Republicans and all unscrupulous employers to cheap labor.

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Omar M. Campbell

Steamboat Springs

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