Stop comparing apples to oranges

07/27/2014 4:07 PM

07/30/2014 5:49 AM

Re "Mexico is a partner with state" (Our Region, July 27): Marcos Breton's article about what a great partner Mexico is with California makes a few good points about importing/exporting. However, he fans the flames of ethnic tension, as he claims Republicans so frequently do, with his apples and oranges article.

I think most Californians would gladly encourage a healthy business relationship with Mexico but do not want our country open to mass illegal immigration. Our great partner, Mexico, seems to agree with me. They have imprisoned one of our citizens, a military man, for entering their country illegally when he made a wrong turn. Don't confuse legal business dealings with illegal immigration activity.

There needs to be an answer to illegal immigration into the United States, but it isn't disparaging Americans who are tired of paying higher taxes because of it. You can't campaign for illegal immigration by comparing it to a business partnership.

-- Dave Putman, Citrus Heights

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