A Day Without Immigrants - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

04/28/06 - East Texas

A Day Without Immigrants

by Ramonica R. Jones

"I don't feel like it's right because I feel like all our ancestors came over here and they had to become legal citizens," said Wanda Peterson, Lufkin resident. "Why shouldn't every one else? I don't care who you are."

Plenty of other East Texans agree. They believe the country's laws for undocumented immigrants are fair, but many Hispanics who disagree are expected to fight back on 'A Day Without Immigrants'... a nationwide event set for Monday encouraging Hispanics to not show up for work or spend money.

Mike Stephens, Angelina County resident, said, "I can understand people wanting to work and make a living, but [if] you're breaking the law you're breaking the law. Most people get put in jail for breaking the law. So, if they wanna risk losing their jobs, it's a free country."

Other East Texans believe a march won't matter and a nationwide boycott won't change laws for undocumented workers.

Rosemary Cantu, Angelina County resident, said, "I don't feel very good about it, but I think people that are already working here should get a permit and the people that are coming into the United States should stay where they're at or else they should check a background on 'em, and if they have a criminal history, send them back."

The planned protest comes as federal lawmakers talk about several immigration bills...from toughened border security to the legalization of more than ten million undocumented immigrants in America.

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