By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Celebrating with hope

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The NR went all out on this article. If you didn't get a chance to read it I'll give you a sample of the words. And I'm not kidding, every one of these words (and probably some I missed) was used in this story about a Latino cultural celebration: Suspicion, fear, anger, hate, racism, sadness , alarm, singled out, concern, derogatory, epithets, scary, prejudice, harassed, intimidated, punched in the face, random hostility.
Good grief NR, you're better than this. How 'bout doing a follow up article that leaves all the fear mongering out and just tells us about the celebration itself?


You're obviously concerned about and want to shed light on immigration issues. Why not write about it in the opinion section?
Some people (most?) just want to enjoy reading about a local cultural celebration without being ambushed with all of this heavy, dark, emotionally loaded political stuff. It's no doubt important, and it has it's the opinion section!


And if not the opinion section at least the politics section.


I work for a huge plant nursery and we use E Verify. I am not racist at all but what I am anti is anti illegal. Why is the left so driven to equate “illegal alien” with a race? And what is up with these Uber Leftist self hating white liberals who are using Latinos for their agenda? I went to this festival and it just seemed like a big propaganda stunt. You had the Democrats with their absurd “In Our America” Portland yard signs. I hope they can have some of these cultural events without the blatant socialism and every booth being some leftist liberal agenda peddling their message. I’m just glad Trump is winning on this front and the courts are no longer liberal. And Kate Brown is crumbling down, too. Maybe there really is hope for Oregon and America too!


Our current President sure does sound like Bill Clinton in this issue : “Bill Clinton
All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”


Immigrants (most) who came here legally are just as disgusted with illegals as everyone else.

We can't help the lady living at the upper park by the library but let's open the borders and provide "free" everything to those who break the law entering our Country. If they feel paranoid or uneasy they should - they committed a crime. Now go back over the border and get in line to enter the right way.

Between the NR and Linfield we just can't lean any farther left in McMinnville without falling over.


There seems to have been 3 paragraphs that said what went on at the festival and the rest about the treatment of the Latino community. I would prefer the opposite please or better yet, as Joel said, just a report of what was going on at the festival. By the end of the article I had forgotten what it was about.


The NR is a far left publication whose main objective is to sway public opinion to their way of thinking by any means possible even in your face social justice regurgitation disguised as a "local cultural celebration".
It's enough to have those of us who actually care and are proud of being an American and also happen to have brown skin embarrassed by such a blatant attempt to manipulate the public into accepting people who come here illegally knowing both cost and consequence. Shame on you NR.


@Stella I had an interesting experience recently. My car was at Les Schwab and I had to get a Lyft from Portland Marriot back to McMinnville after a conference. The driver was from Cambodia I learned and she went on a tirade about all her illegal neighbors in Woodburn. She said about how they fraudulently claim welfare not only in Oregon but also in Camas because it’s a different state. She also railed on and on about how her daughters are constantly approached about getting into a sham marriage to help out the illegals to get their paperwork. I hear (at least anecdotally) people who did it “the right way” complain bitterly about the free riding illegals. What on earth is wrong with us for turning a blind eye to the blatant fraud? I’m glad the tide is starting to turn and Trump is starting to clean up this mess. Just wait till they find all the election fraud and corruption in sanctuary states! Bye Bye Kate Brown.

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