The news media has covered the issue of the Arizona immigration law from many local, state and national perspectives, and this coverage will undoubtedly continue unabated in the months to come.
A newly published opinion article from a legal immigrant adds a voice to this controversial issue from the perspective of someone who waited in line three years before gaining entry into the United States.
Who is this person who is opining?
The brief bio at the end of the opinion piece offers this information: ‘Boris Epshteyn is a political strategist, attorney and business consultant in New York City. He served as a communications aide on the McCain – Palin 2008 presidential campaign. He is a frequent guest on Foxnews.com’s “The Strategy Room” and appears occasionally on other Fox News Channel programs.’
The opinion piece
Boris Epshteyn is the author of an opinion piece entitled: ‘A Legal Immigrant’s Take on Arizona’s Immigration Law,’ which was posted 5/05/10 on foxnews.com.
He begins his article by saying this: ‘As a legal immigrant, I neither empathize with nor support those who break the law in order to gain admission into the United States of America.’
Epshteyn goes on to explain that he and his family emigrated from Russia to New York in 1993. He says they applied for permission to emigrate in 1990, and throughout those three years they went through numerous background checks and interviews as they waited patiently to be granted the right to move to America.
Within his article Epshteyn gives this analogy: ‘When confronted by critics of this legislation, who have urged me to empathize with illegal immigrants, I draw the following comparison: when a person goes into a bank with a check and receives cash for it, that person follows the legal and proper procedure for obtaining money; however, when a person robs a bank with a gun, that person, too, has received cash, but by way of committing an illegal act. Both individuals leave the bank with money, however, one is a law abiding citizen while the other is a criminal.’
Epshteyn also has this to say: ‘It is counterproductive to denounce the Arizona bill as the left has at every turn. It would be much more constructive to offer Arizona and its citizens an alternative — something the federal government has failed to do.’
Read the full opinion piece for more details on what this legal immigrant from Russia has to say about the Arizona immigration law.
About this opinion piece
This is the viewpoint of only one individual. However, it does offer an opinion from someone who waited for three years to enter the country through the legal process that was set up so that individuals and families have a way to come to America and legally establish citizenship here.
This opinion article offers yet another perspective on the issue of the Arizona immigration law. Because of the diversity of the citizens of this country, having yet another viewpoint about this issue added to the opinions of those who have already entered the debate on the controversial Arizona immigration law may prove useful to those trying to sort out the many thorny issues that are involved in the controversy.
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