A question for the anti-immigrant folks who say their only opposition to "illegals" is based on the "illegal is illegal" mantra: If tomorrow Congress gave amnesty to all 12 million currently illegal immigrants, making them suddenly legal, would you welcome your newly legal brothers and sisters with open arms?

I think not. Deep down the conflict is about racism, resentment, ignorance and fear. The saddest part is that this wrong-headedness has sullied the clean, newly renovated halls of our state Capitol.

David Wilson

Saratoga Springs