Joseph Cramer, M.D.: Addressing emotions about immigration key to solving the problem

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  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    What kind of Freudian nonsense is this "doctor" trying to pull on us?

    And what is the point? That we should have a "national group hug"?

    C'mon! What an empty article!

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    Through word association the doctors pro-illegal stance came through. Topaz mountain, slavery, Ellis Island,Revolutionary War, bigotry, prejudice, racist, etc. have nothing to do with illegal immigration.

    The words Legal, and illegal define the problem.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    Immigration Problem: The United States Government. Period.

    1. Took away programs that allowed immigrant labor to come and go easily.
    2. Handed out ITIN's like candy. This encouraged "Jose" to call brother and tell him how easy it was to come and work,even though you aren't supposed to.
    3. Handed out Social Security numbers up until a few years ago.
    4. Said they couldn't come, but encouraged them to come through policy.
    5. Take money from applicants for VISAs, then say no, but don't return their hard earned money.
    6. U.S, Policies toward Mexico continue to encourage Mexico to destroy any chance of a middle class, the rich are rich, and the poor are dying. (Also reason for the drug problem)
    7. Now that the illegal immigrants have come, American public wants to blame the illegal immigrant for jumping at the chance for survival that we and the government have dangled in front of their hungry faces!

    Wake up Americans, YOU have benefited from their presence, and now want to sweep them away! You are part of the problem. Fix our immigration policies, and draw a line in the sand. Help Mexico develop a middle class, destroy their drug cartels, and allow easier and cheaper LEGAL immigration possibilities. Close the border. But the people you have invited,well, you did invite them. So make them welcome, and swallow the pill you created.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Since we're talking about "feelings".......

    I "feel" bad that my neighbor loses his job to an illegal immigrant.

    I "feel" bad that illegal immigrants don't have to pay for their health care.

    I "feel" bad that our elected officials ignore laws designed to protect us.

    I wonder how the author (and others) would "feel" if they lost their job to an illegal immigrant?
    Its easy to talk about illegal immigration as an "abstract" concept. Quite another issue when it affects someone you know!

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    Feb. 22, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    What if no one from Salt Lake County could work in Utah County or Davis County, and the same was true throughout the state? You could only work in your own county. How destructive would that be to the economy?

    Take out the emotions of immigration and look at the dollars and sense. Allow the free flow of people, or else suffer economic inefficiencies. I support freedom and immigration, not red tape and National Socialism.

  • sportsfan21 OREM, UT
    Feb. 22, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    Perhaps everyone should consider how their emotions would change if they were on the other side of the border. If I was struggling through visa paperwork and thought about how the ancestors of most US citizens gained freedom with a single signature, I'd be a little upset.

    Great article. Regardless of your stance on immigration, your emotions are a main factor. Anyone who is against illegal immigration is afraid of how it will affect crime and our economy. Anyone calling for amnesty or even tolerance is upset by discrimination.