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How is it that false claims about immigrants can distort the national debate, but there is no distortion when we are talking about illegal immigrants (“Distorted debate about immigrants,” Letters, Thursday)? When did the NAACP begin to speak for all blacks, when it doesn’t? Now, let’s really get something straight. I don’t appreciate anyone attacking our freedom of speech by way of trying to censor the media or any other group of American citizens who are fighting against illegal immigration and for our country.

John Trasvina of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) never once mentions the term “illegal immigration” in his recent letter to the editor. People continually try to blur the lines when it comes to legal and illegal immigration.

American citizens have had our debate on illegal immigration. We do so every time we raise our voices against amnesty. Black Americans would love to have a debate with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on illegal immigration and how it affects our lives. We want to know why this organization aligns itself with groups that don’t really have an interest in black issues. We would ask why it is not working more on our behalf.

It is amazing to this writer that the National Council of La Raza, MALDEF, the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League want to have a discussion about immigration - but the debate is not about immigration because “we are all immigrants.”

The debate is indeed about illegal immigration. There is no debate to be had when our First Amendment rights and our country are under siege.

PREE GLENN-GRAVES

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