Immigration officials raided a Mishawaka business yesterday, arresting 36 alleged illegal aliens at Janco Composites. The issue is now stirring debate in our community. Many of our viewers responded to this immigration raid in a strong way. We've had more than 150 emails from viewers with opinions on both sides of this issue and those emails are still pouring in. Emails started coming in last night. It's clear people have very passionate opinions on both sides of this immigration debate.
A majority of the people emailing Newscenter 16 say they fully support yesterday's raid. Here's a look at what some of you wrote us,
Heath of South Bend writes. “It's about time the government cracks down on illegal workers."
Shelly of South Bend had this to say. "I don't think they should be deported. These people are making a living working, and taking care of their families, unlike other people who take care of their families by living on welfare and not working at all."
Anonymous from Goshen writes. "It's about time!!! Hope they come to Goshen soon!! You cannot break the law, do it legally or don't do it!!"
Brent from Granger emailed. "These are hardworking immigrants! Michiana would be a better place to live if some of our own had work ethics similar to those of these illegals. Get educated people!!!"
Some wrote us that they're especially concerned about the "anchor babies." That is, children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens. Those kids are legal U.S. citizens, their parents are not.
Robert of South Bend writes that he's frustrated because people going through the legal immigration process are knocked out of line by people coming in illegally. "I have been married for 7 years, and we applied so my wife's parents could come so we can have them here when we have children, and we are still waiting, meanwhile they just come in. Not fair."
Some argue illegal aliens are paying taxes and taking jobs that legal U.S. citizens won't. Gary had this to say. "These illegal immigrants provide a service to our nation and community. They pay taxes and support community businesses."
At this point, officials at Janco are not talking. But, we've heard from a couple of sources that there were several dozen people applying for those newly open positions today. Likely, the company will be ensuring that those jobs will be going to legal U.S. citizens.
** If you have an opinion you'd like to share or a thought on a possible solution to this immigration issue, we'd like to hear from you. Below this story, you’ll find a place to post your comment.