"Conservatives: continuing the tradition of being selfish and self-serving."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Business owners get vocal on immigration,” Feb. 23

Although this excellent article clearly demonstrated what a tough issue immigration policy is, it failed to address the hypocrisy of business owners like dairy farmer Joe Wright.

Here's a staunch Republican who would do away with the food stamps program, school lunches and unemployment insurance. But he sure needs his low-wage Latino workforce, the very same low-wage families who qualify for food stamps and subsidized school lunch programs. And I'll bet there's a carton of milk on that lunch tray!

The arrogance and hypocrisy just made me bristle.

Sarah F. Foss

Upland

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People say that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans, but they forget that all of us were once immigrants. To keep out immigrants is like denying the identity of America; America is a nation of immigrants.

These business owners have a point. They try to open these labor-intensive jobs to American citizens, but no one comes. And because of this, their businesses suffer.

Immigrants have always been a steady source of labor, and they are one of the biggest reasons our country has thrived so well for so long. Immigration reform — to make it easier for immigrants to come here legally — is needed to ensure a labor force in America.

These immigrants are only trying to better their lives. Isn't it a compliment that they chose America to do that in?

Pauline Nguyen

Westminster

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So the Florida dairy farmer is for letting children starve, but amazingly his list of programs to end does not include farm subsidies, which are among the most bloated and egregious.

Dairy farmers have been living off government programs for decades; in many cases they are the classic example of multi-generational welfare recipients.

Now his position is that he is entitled to continue to receive subsidized foreign labor because he does not intend to pay enough to attract domestic labor.

His positions are self-serving and intellectually dishonest.

Pieter Vandenberg

El Cajon

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The self-proclaimed conservative Florida farmer featured in your article epitomizes the hypocritical political conservative.

He's against such things as free school lunches and unemployment insurance, but as soon as he's hurting, he's suddenly a liberal, claiming he wants immigration reform so he can get workers.

Conservatives: continuing the tradition of being selfish and self-serving.

Tony Blake
Woodland Hills

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  • http://twitter.com/RockMollica Rock Mollica

    GOP doing what the Brown Shirts did in the 30's. Keep the heat of themselves and their cronies by denigrating an ethnic group. In Germany in the 30's it was the Jews, now it's the Latinos, Blacks, Native Americans, Iranians, Iraqis. They are the problem, they caused this, they want what is yours. Desperate people fall for this as it makes them feel better about themselves and gives them a group to look down upon.
    I have worked with Blacks and Latinos and they work as hard, if not harder, as most of us. They are the first to go when recession hits. They earn less. They won't move up the ladder as quickly.
    Empty suits like Rubio touts how they and their families enjoyed the American Dream and  Social Safety Net when they were in need, but hold it under their heel so no one else can access it. Hypocrites of the highest order!

  • David G

    All the Conservatives are for cuts in programs, except those they use and take advantage of.  Can someone please explain why companies making Billions in profits -- the big oil companies -- get billions in aid?  DG