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Are Albert Leans disgraced by sign?

Published 9:01am Thursday, August 2, 2012

The residents of Albert Lea and the surrounding communities should be spurred to action by the sign on Front Street in Albert Lea that says: “Catch and Release – No; Deport Illegals – Si.”

While I don’t support the unlawful practice of undocumented individuals, I do support human dignity and respect. The person or people responsible for this sign should be called to task, and the community should make it known that we do not tolerate degradation and demoralization of our neighbors.

There are many ways that this issue can be discussed and resolved. Humiliation is not one of them. Is this freedom of speech or is it “bullying” — a term that has become so prominent in our community? The means of expressing this viewpoint is shameful, to say the least.


Karen Vanderploeg


  • Dustin Petersen

    What action do you think we should be spurred to? Whether or not you like what the sign says, it’s protected by the Freedom of Speech. That’s not something that should be selectively enforced, because it will lead us down a slippery slope where anything we say that might offend someone will fall under attack.

    Sadly, that seems to be where we are headed as a nation. Labeling speech as hate speech anytime someone feels offended or hurt will be the downfall of that Freedom if we allow it. There are too many people these days, both liberal and conservative, who are looking to be offended, and then want something to be done about it.

    The best thing to do with speech you find ugly or offensive is to counter it with your point, or ignore it altogether. But banning is never the answer because it leaves everything open to banning.

  • Gus

    Yep if you dont like it,dont look at it,when your here illegally you are a criminal,therefore have no rights…………..DEPORT,DEPORT,DEPORT,DEPORT….

  • Angry1

    I have to wonder about this:

    “While I don’t support the unlawful practice of undocumented individuals, I do support human dignity and respect”

    Illegals hence the name “illegal” have willfully broken our laws for their own selfish wants impacting our communities by their actions. I wonder if she would feel the same way about a criminal breaking into her car stealing her stuff. Would she still demand human dignity and respect for the criminal when they violated hers?

  • wordreader

    Why is it immediately jumped on as a racial issue against the Hispanic community to want people who are illegally in the United States to be sent home? If they want to come back, do so LEGALLY! Why is that so hard to understand. I don’t care if you are from Siberia – if you want to live here, do it legally.