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The topic of immigration -- including illegal immigration -- is hot, hot, hot. This week, Colorado Springs' very own state Sen. Dave Schultheis is headed to Arizona with two other Colorado lawmakers to hook up with the Minuteman militia. Armed and ready, they will attempt to smoke out undocumented workers. For a broader perspective, check out this week's cover story beginning on page 14.

writing and photos by Eric Phillips

click to enlarge Rachel Caille -  - West side -  - Palmer High School student -  - What's your take on immigration? We should - check harder on [border-crossers'] backgrounds, but I - think that people should be allowed to cross the border - freely. -  - What should we be doing about people in the United - States illegally? I think that they should actually be - allowed to stay. -  - What do you think about vigilantes roaming the - border with Mexico? They should mind their own - business. It's not their job to watch it. -  - Where is your family from? Colorado. My dad's - family is from Ireland, so part of my - family is from there.
  • Rachel Caille

    West side

    Palmer High School student

    What's your take on immigration? We should check harder on [border-crossers'] backgrounds, but I think that people should be allowed to cross the border freely.

    What should we be doing about people in the United States illegally? I think that they should actually be allowed to stay.

    What do you think about vigilantes roaming the border with Mexico? They should mind their own business. It's not their job to watch it.

    Where is your family from? Colorado. My dad's family is from Ireland, so part of my family is from there.

click to enlarge Jay Lewis -  - North side -  - Day laborer -  - What's your take on immigration? Diversity is - what founded this country, and by not having diversity, - we're basically shutting off the basic - fundamentals of what this country is based on. -  - What should we be doing about people in the United - States illegally? You have to put yourself in their - shoes. They're coming here to do jobs that we Americans - deem unworthy. They're working in factories for less - than minimum wage. -  - What do you think of vigilantes like the Minutemen? -  They don't have a good enough grasp of the - situation to be doing that. [Immigrants are] leaving their - families, wives and children behind and sending the - money back to them because they couldn't get work - there. What would you do for your family? -  - Where is your family from? My mom's from - all-American.
  • Jay Lewis

    North side

    Day laborer

    What's your take on immigration? Diversity is what founded this country, and by not having diversity, we're basically shutting off the basic fundamentals of what this country is based on.

    What should we be doing about people in the United States illegally? You have to put yourself in their shoes. They're coming here to do jobs that we Americans deem unworthy. They're working in factories for less than minimum wage.

    What do you think of vigilantes like the Minutemen? They don't have a good enough grasp of the situation to be doing that. [Immigrants are] leaving their families, wives and children behind and sending the money back to them because they couldn't get work there. What would you do for your family?

    Where is your family from? My mom's from all-American.

click to enlarge Marelynn Jordan -  - West side -  - Accountant -  - What's your take on immigration? I don't - believe in it. -  - What should we be doing about people in the - country illegally? They should go home. They don't - belong here. They are un-American, they do not believe - in God, they do not believe in our Constitution, they do - not believe in the law. -  - What do you think about self-styled vigilantes like - the Minutemen? -  - I don't think that's right. It's illegal. -  - Where is your family from? Denver. I have - Scot-Irish ancestry.
  • Marelynn Jordan

    West side

    Accountant

    What's your take on immigration? I don't believe in it.

    What should we be doing about people in the country illegally? They should go home. They don't belong here. They are un-American, they do not believe in God, they do not believe in our Constitution, they do not believe in the law.

    What do you think about self-styled vigilantes like the Minutemen?

    I don't think that's right. It's illegal.

    Where is your family from? Denver. I have Scot-Irish ancestry.

click to enlarge Chris Fredderiks -  - Downtown -  - Construction worker -  - What's your take on immigration? There's too - much immigration going on right now. We should focus - more on the United States' citizens. -  - What should we be doing about people who are in - the United States illegally? We should kick them - out, because it's taking away from our kids in public - schools, and jobs and everything else. It's just bringing - down the state of the economy and the well-being of - U.S. citizens. -  - What do you think about the Minutemen? I - understand them totally. We, as American citizens, we - have to protect our liberty and rights, and if we're not - going to look out for ourselves, who is going to look out - for us? Nobody. -  - Where is your family from? Right here in - Colorado Springs.
  • Chris Fredderiks

    Downtown

    Construction worker

    What's your take on immigration? There's too much immigration going on right now. We should focus more on the United States' citizens.

    What should we be doing about people who are in the United States illegally? We should kick them out, because it's taking away from our kids in public schools, and jobs and everything else. It's just bringing down the state of the economy and the well-being of U.S. citizens.

    What do you think about the Minutemen? I understand them totally. We, as American citizens, we have to protect our liberty and rights, and if we're not going to look out for ourselves, who is going to look out for us? Nobody.

    Where is your family from? Right here in Colorado Springs.

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