writing and photos by Eric Phillips
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.
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.
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.
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.