Letter to the editor.

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Someone sent this to me and I wanted to share.

"A woman wrote the best 'Letter to the Editor' in ages!! She cuts to the quick and explains things better than all the baloney you hear on TV. Her letter said:

Recently, large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that parliament is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that Canada might actually want to protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, make it harder (as an illegal immigrant) to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.

Let's say I break into your house. Then, when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, 'I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and done the laundry and swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family's insurance plan, educate my kids, and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work) because he too is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking-in part.

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my illegal right to be there. It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know. And what a deal it is for me!! I now have a better life and I like it here.

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an anti-housebreaker. Oh yeah, and I want you to learn my language so you can communicate with me! English is a little hard for me to learn. You should also allow me to vote - in my own language, since I live in your house!"

What are your thoughts? On the article or the person writing this? On illegal immigrants and Canada's stance on the issue?


Julie - posted on 09/12/2010




I almost like the analogy, except for one thing. If illegal immigration in Canada is like it is in the USA, the letter left out the part that the "illegals" were invited to come in and do all of the above by the woman's husband.

I doubt that illegals would be entering the USA (and maybe Canada) if corporations didn't IMMENSELY PROFIT from their presence in the country.

Think about it. There is more than one party at fault.

Jess - posted on 09/12/2010




We have similar issue's here in Australia, but with illegal boats arriving on our shores or being intercepted by our navi vessels.

We have had parents throw their children overboard to force the navi to pick them up and of course as soon as they are rescued they feel that Australia must allow them to stay. How can you respect our country when you can't even respect the laws to get here ???

Tara - posted on 09/12/2010




I think it's a little extremist. I don't like the broad generalizations and blanket statements. Immigration is a touchy issue around most dinner tables. While I believe that people who were born in Canada (as none of us were really 'here first', unless you are native american) should have every opportunity to succeed however it is we wish, as long as we earn it through hard work and determination. I think that labeling all illegal immigrants the way this article did is bordering on prejudice against all people not born here or who have not entered legally.
There are a myriad of reasons that people would choose to come here illegally, the majority being human rights abuses in their own country.
Canada the compassionate. Canada the polite. Canada the nice. I don't think this article portrays that.

Isobel - posted on 09/12/2010




I think it's stupid...and by the way, if they live in your house for more than 8 years without you noticing them...they DO have a legal right to live there :)

I think making sweeping generalizations like "they contribute the bare minimum" do nothing to help...we don't even have a lot of illegal immigrants here.

I think my Mom might have written this ;P

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ME - posted on 09/13/2010




Nothing like a little sweeping generalization to get the day started right...*eye roll*

Sharon - posted on 09/12/2010




Its also older than email itself. LOL kidding but it is old. I know I got that via an email circulated, um... in at least 2002 roughly?

Stifler's - posted on 09/12/2010




The letter sounds like my point of view. I don't know much about Canada but here in Australia we have boat people rocking up with no identification. It's not wrong to be opposed to that, we don't know who they are. We don't know what immunizations they've had or what diseases they have. Then they end up getting money from Centrelink and don't get jobs.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/12/2010




I think this is hilarious. I don't mind illegal immigrants so much, as long as they're working. We (Canada) couldn't sustain our economy without them, but the ones who sneak over here and sign up for welfare can piss right off.

EDIT: I also think it should be mandatory for them to learn either English or French, if they want to stay.

Rosie - posted on 09/12/2010




i think she may have stolen it from someone writing a letter to the editor about our illegal immigration issues stemming from the arizona law! i've heard it come up in an immigration debate awhile back, lol!
i have to say i agree with what this person has to say, 100%

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2010




Ha, it will prolly piss alot people off, but I happen to like it and agree. I do believe that helping people out and being mulitcultural is amazing part of Canada, but there has to be a line drawn where the people who were here in the first place, no matter there race or religion are able to live to and not have there ablility to make a life taken away from them becuase they aren't an immigrant.

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