Letters From OC Weekly Readers
OUT OF REACH
A powerful story about the real effects of our current immigration policies—ripping families apart, stopping kids who could be productive members of society from focusing on education and jobs, and generally causing heartbreak and chaos [Marisa Gerber's "Vaya Con Mom," Oct. 21]. Thanks for your article and attention to these issues.
Sarah S., via ocweekly.com
If you are an illegal immigrant, you need to be repatriated to your home country. There, you will fluently speak your native tongue and never be asked to produce a Social Security number. You will be one with your people and sleep easier as a result.
Nativo Lopez IX, via ocweekly.com
Why should the United States be responsible for this woman's children? Is the state responsible for people who get foreclosed on? Don't those kids have to adjust to new circumstances, often moving in with grandparents, moving to a "down-market" school district, or something similar.
It is also time to readdress the "birthright citizenship" thing. It is a side effect of both Anglo-Saxon common law and the need to get ex-slaves recognized as citizens. It really is dysfunctional in modern times. There have already been some noises about it from politicians, and hopefully, that will grow in the future.
mitch young, via ocweekly.com
It is a very touching and sad story. That said, who is to blame for the kids being motherless? Certain people will blame law enforcement, but I blame the mother who knew she was not here legally.
There are people who live like the kids do who are completely legal and work at decent jobs because they have no money after the government takes its "fair share" to pay for illegals.
evil_white_guy, via ocweekly.com
I see these clowns every day—they live across from my apartment complex, and I have to make a right turn from Harvard to Alton every day [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Playing the Percentages," Oct. 21]. I'm tempted to make a sign that says, "Get a fucking job and quit your bitching," then stand across the street from them, but my wife is not too fond of that idea.
Annoyed with the protesters, via ocweekly.com
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
This is about Kelly Thomas and bringing justice to him and his family [Paul Saitowitz's Locals Only, "The 'Kelly's Army' Band," Oct. 21]. This event was about helping those in need, and it was done through Kelly Thomas. The people got together for Kelly! NOT for Sederra and Eric [Bootow] or for everything they did to help make the event happen. Here's a great example of "Eric" kissing ass and trying to take all the credit: "We filled an entire U-Haul with canned food, blankets and clothing," when in fact, the people filled the U-Haul with canned goods through Kelly for those in need. Helping others is supposed to be a selfless act. Exploiting how great of a person he is for doing this is really lame.
FucksederraericandDanielle, via ocweekly.com
I know Eric personally. There is no way he or anyone in the band would use such a horrible situation to promote themselves. The way this article is written is definitely weird; it seems like all that Sederra were doing was trying to get themselves out there and not support the locals. That is definitely not the case. All Sederra did the entire time since the Kelly Thomas situation arose was support it and try to get local people to donate canned food and clothes. I attended the event and donated as well; there was a great turnout. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for judging people who are trying to do the right thing. Don't you know that media is generally negative?! Look around!
Dodee313, via ocweekly.com
In Gabriel San Roman's Oct. 21 story "Alice Bag Is Violence Girl," San Roman referred to Bag having an "alcohol addiction." Bag states that, though she was once a heavy drinker in her youth, she has never been addicted to alcohol. The Weekly regrets the error.
In the same issue, in Marisa Gerber's story "Vaya Con Mom," the name of the Mexican state of Querétaro was misspelled in two instances. The Weekly regrets the error.
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