We see a lot of ugly posts out there under the stories that have covered the strike. Some feelings are based in plain and honest bigotry, but others come from a lack of information or misinformation. The following posts show a little of what the the opponents of immigration reform are thinking. We hope Senator Hagan thinks long and hard about whose side she is on after seeing some of these posts. But with ALIPAC founder William Gheen’s “eighty-year-old fighter pilots” circling the immigration blogosphere, we can’t say we’re at all surprised to see comments like these.

Here’s another policy wonk who clearly just wants to see the laws of this country enforced properly.

“There are more important things to worry about in this country than some stupid Hispanics who want to cry why…”

It is easy to see here that their anger here is fueled by something other than frustration with border security or anything having to do with the immigration system.

“Stay at home and get food stamps and welfare. Spend all your money on smokes and rims and get free health care…Starve yourself get put in the hospital someone else pays the bill…Thanks Obama.”

Undocumented immigrants do not receive government benefits like welfare and Social Security, despite paying into them through income tax as we have explained before on this blog. This also isn’t the only comment where someone is claiming to be paying Loida’s hospital bill. She will get a bill and pay it just like everyone else.

Some police leaders, including Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck do not think hostility toward the immigrant community will help them do their jobs. The person above who uses a police emblem as their profile picture obviously thinks otherwise. Hopefully they aren’t a real police officer.

Some, like the person above, have honest questions with easy answers. The truth is that there is no independent way to earn legal residence if you were brought here by your parents. If an eighteen-year-old somehow had the resources to “self-deport,” they risk detention and deportation even then, making returning legally even less likely. And doing so is asking someone to “go back” to somewhere they may not remember at all or to which they no longer have any connection.

The DREAM Act is a way to earn legalization here in their home country through hard work. This is the message that needs to be heard.