On immigration laws, FL’s human rights body

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It’s Just Wrong

After reading a news story of Leon Panetta and his trip to Vietnam and the progress made to improve relations between the two countries where over 50,000 Brave Americans lost their lives made me reflect on a situation a little closer to home.

For the last 50 years we have had an embargo and travel restriction’s with the country of Cuba that has not worked.

It seems that around 600,000 Cuban exiles, immigrants and guests living in our country are running our foreign policy by acting in a very dictatorial way and are supported by our elected officials in this un-American activity of restricting the freedom of travel and trade of American citizens to and with Cuba.

If we can have open trade and travel with Vietnam and Communist China that are both far more brutal governments than Cuba it leaves one to wonder why we continue a failed policy with Cuba.

It is also time to change and make more uniform our immigration laws, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio whose Cuban community has enjoyed a preferred immigration policy for Cubans now wants to continue to deny a fair immigration law for all people wishing to immigrate to our country and wants to continue the law enabling his people to have a preferred immigration status.

The wet foot dry foot rule is wrong and outdated. Allowing a Cuban national an automatic and guaranteed route to becoming an American Citizen simply by placing a foot on American Soil is very wrong and unfair to others wishing to become citizens.

Sen. Rubio lacks the courage to put forth fair immigration reform and instead relies on the failed policies of the past while protecting his political posterior with his Miami base.

We need fair immigration reform and we need to end the law allowing an automatic route to citizenship for Cubans by simply placing a foot on U.S. soil. To do less is un-American and wrong.

Max Anderson
Linwood Township

The HRC Purpose

The Forest Lake Human Rights Commission would like to thank the community for responding to our online survey.

The purposes of the commission are to promote the elimination of hate, prejudice and discrimination against persons or groups based on race, gender, religion or other status of the person or group to educate the community on issues of discrimination and cultural diversity; to advise the city council on human rights issues; and to promote the goals and objectives of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Simply stated, our goal is to assist and maintain a healthy, safe community where respect and accountability is attainable for each person living or visiting here.

If you have any questions or concerns we can be reached at 651-209-9721. Our meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are open to the public. They begin at 6:30 p.m. Brief public comments are received.

Janice Ochs
HRC Chair
Forest Lake