Editor, The Transcript:

I was amused by the article "Nations, Collins seek AG's opinion on state's new immigration law" in your September 15, 2007 edition. I do not know anything about the law and perhaps it does contain some questionable parts, but it seems to me that those issues are best left up to the courts to decide. Since the law was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it would seem to reflect the will of the people. Members of the legislature do have the right to seek an opinion from the Attorney General. Perhaps they are motivated by sincere concern for the "rights" of illegal immigrants or perhaps they were filled with fervor after listening to the speaker at that week's Cornbread and Beans luncheon. Who really knows?

The issue of illegal immigration is a festering sore that should rightfully be addressed at the national level; however, lack of action at that level has led state and local governments to attempt to tackle the issue. Admittedly this is not the best approach but is understandable since the political heat is building at the grass roots. It is an issue that is not going to go away until sensible leadership in Washington, D.C. prevails. That sensible leadership is totally absent and both major parties in congress seem to believe that their role is to hold nonsensical hearings on a variety of issues in lieu of addressing tough problems head to head.

I also found the comments by Representative Collins particularly amusing. "I voted against the bill, I didn't support the bill." "I think it was racist and aimed primary at the Hispanic population. I think that's wrong." Hello Wallace, the majority of illegal immigrants in the country are Hispanic. To call anyone who is concerned about illegal immigration a "racist" is absurd and I believe Mr. Collins owes us an apology.

Perhaps Mr. Collins' views reflect the sentiments of his district, but I sort of doubt it.

HARRY R. BLEDSOE

Lexington

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