Hearing On Immigration Reform Draws Large Crowd

Lexingtonians on both sides of whether there should be stricter immigration laws spoke at a forum Tuesday night.

Mayor Jim Newberry created a new commission to deal with immigration concerns in Fayette County.

Tuesday was the group's first forum.

More than 40 people signed up to speak.

Some were in favor of a path to legal status for those here illegally.

Others said they aren't against immigrants, but say the law should be enforced.

During the forum, those in favor of stricter laws broke into applause, which sparked warnings from the commission.

Another immigration forum will be held in August.

The commission's final report is due back to the mayor in September.

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  • by Ricky Location: Lancaster on Jun 22, 2007 at 05:12 AM
    The answer to the immigration problem is simple. Vote the polticans on both sides of the asile out of office. We need to enforce the laws that we have in place, instead of trying to drum up another vote.Politicans need to get out their dictionary and look up the definition to the word Illegal. If some people think we are being to hard on illegals, get caught in any other country in the world illegally, and see what happens to you.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 02:01 PM
    If they are legal, speak clear English and are contributing to society in a positive way then welcome to the USA. If not, send them back to where they came from. I am sick and tired of trying to communicate with people who don't speak a word of English and don't understand me because I do speak English. Enough is enough. If we went to their country and didn't even bother to learn their language how do you think they would treat us? Wake up America!!!
  • by Melissa Location: Georgetown, KY on Jun 21, 2007 at 01:22 PM
    Let Me say that first of all, women who have children with Illegal aliens have to do what all the rest of us do! Learn to take care of your children yourselves. I too have children with an illegal ailen. But I'm not scared of who will take care of my children, I'm scared of my children not knowing their father! I myself can take care of my own! But I do not believe that my children should have to live their lives not knowing who their father is. I know that this is the problem of my boyfriends and myself and we are the one's that made this situation ourselves. I also agree with the person that the Hispanics that are waiting for the approval of their papers should be the first ones to recieve their papers. I also believe that all the Hispanics that are not in the process of their papers, should have to go through the processing like everyone else. I also believe that we as American citizens should not have to pay for the millions of Illegal children whom are born here from Illegal parents that are both Hispanic decent. These children also should not be automatic citizens either! This was wrong from the very start! Now the question is, "What is the Congress, Senate, And the President going to do about this mess?" and how long will it take to straighten it all out? I'm worried about Social Security Bennifits for myself when I get older! What happens about that?
  • by SLM Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    I have a child with an illegal immigrant. I am not on welfare. He supports my child. What will I do if he is deported? Who will Support my child then? Welfare?
  • by Sarah Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    I do not agree at all with Paddy Whack. The comment that the Hepatitis scare had came from an illegal foreign worker is ridiculus! People need to get over their racisim. America will always be a diversified country!
  • by Jennifer Location: Versailles, KY on Jun 21, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    Bravo Lynn! I agree that the persons whom already have been waiting should get their papers and the ones who have nothing should go back to square one and start like everyone else! paying for these processes is expansive and the people who are already waiting should have top consideration! the other should have to go through the same processes. This is the fair thing to do!!! I also believe that the children of the illegals should not become automatic citizens either! they should have to be citizens of their own decent. Americans should not have to pay for the thousands of Illegal hispanic women who come over here and have babies to gain their residency or legal status! this is wrong and has been wrong since day one. If they want to become legal, Let them do it the right way!
  • by Lynn Location: Lexington on Jun 21, 2007 at 10:46 AM
    My thoughts on Immigration is that I believe the Senate,and congress needs to stop fiddeling around and do something on this issue! I believe that what ever is done should be fair,and not discriminating to them nor to us! I believe that the persons whom already have their papers in the works should be automaticlly given their papers. All the persons here should have to go back to square one and apply just like everyone else! I don't believe that amnesty should be granted to all, but quick procssing of papers for thoes whom are waiting for approval. This long waiting time is simply making our Senate look like they have not a clue what is going on. Vote and get it over with....
  • by Paddy Whack Location: Downtown on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:51 AM
    My Hat's off to you "Permenant Resident" I am glad you are using the system and I welcome you here. I don't have an agenda against O'Charleys though, I have an agenda against ANY company that hires illegal workers and it seems the Motel/Food industry are the ones taking advantage of the illegal aliens as of late.They work them long hours with no benefits and low pay because they know that they cannot complain to anyone. That is why wages remain low for farms and service industry jobs. If these places would pay Americans a decent wage and some benefits we would not have a need for all of these foriegn workers. All of our good paying manufacturing jobs left for the third world countries so they would not have to pay Americans what it takes to live in our economy. Corporate Greed by CEO's and major stockholders wanting instant profit for what should be long term investments are killing the American Dream and that is what will be our downfall.
  • by Permanent Residant Location: South Central KY on Jun 20, 2007 at 09:49 AM
    I am a long time permanent residant of the US. I have lived and worked in many states. I somewhat agree with what PADDY WHACK has to say, although I think they have an ajenda against O'Charlies. There are several illegal aliens that reside in all the states as states it shouldn't matter where you are from, I went through a long, expensive process to obtain my status here in the US, and continue to do so every 10 years. If this were enforced to all aliens entering the country I am certain that the monies generated could help to offset to Social Security and other government programs. Now that the Dept. of homeland security has opened up the ability to obtain dual citizenship I am going forward with this option, once again to a great expense, but not wanting to give up my Canadian roots, I am American through and through. God Bless America!
  • by Kristy Location: Eastern KY on Jun 20, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    I think they should only get legal status if they go back and come through the process. If anything those with employment could be given a little break but those who are here have kids and draw welfare should be sent back immediately. We need to deal with the legal Americans that abuse Welfare and SSI. We don't need to be paying for people who aren't even contributing.
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