Letters to the Editor

Polarizing immigration issue gets fair treatment in AJP

Regarding Sheila Wilensky’s article “Immigration bill thrusts Arizona into national spotlight; Tucsonans react, (AJP/5/7/10) ” I want to commend the Post for providing the readership with an in-depth analysis.  Obviously the subject of immigration is a highly polarizing one and there are differing points of view.  It is important to provide all angles and have a reasonable discourse regarding the topic.  There is no doubt that we have a serious problem with crime and need to better secure the border.  However, the Arizona law will have many unintended consequences and potentially many individuals will become collateral damage from its enforcement.

As the grandchild of Holocaust survivors I have not forgotten my roots and why my family came to the United States.  People from all walks of life are still trying to immigrate to the United States for the same reasons that my family did, and I think too many people forget that.  The argument that people should do it “legally” and follow the rules like our ancestors did does not hold much weight when you realize that the current system is overly inflexible and it can take 10-20 years for many to immigrate and be united with their families.  Our ancestors did not have to deal with an Immigration & Nationality Act that is over 300 pages long.  This problem ultimately needs to be solved by our federal government and the state needs to stay out of this overly complicated area of law.

Maurice Goldman

Immigration Attorney

Goldman & Goldman, PC