Libertarians Support Immigration, Denounce Racism

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Libertarians Support Immigration, Denounce Racism

RALPH SHNELVAR
Libertarian Candidate for Governor
www.shnelvar.com * ralph@shnelvar.com
303.546.6125

July 8, 2002

Libertarians Support Immigration, Denounce Racism

"I want to set the record straight," Libertarian candidate for governor Ralph Shnelvar said. "Libertarianism is diametrically opposed to racism. Libertarians advocate freedom for every individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender."

The national platform of the Libertarian Party calls for open immigration. It states, "We... call for the elimination of all restrictions on immigration... and a declaration of full amnesty for all people who have entered the country illegally. We oppose government welfare and resettlement payments to non-citizens just as we oppose government welfare payments to all other persons."

Shnelvar stated, "The Border Patrol is a joke today anyway. It does nothing but harass the few hapless people who happen to get caught. It should be replaced with an agency devoted to stopping terrorists from coming into the country, rather than wasting tax dollars to stop peaceable people from coming to work here. Those who wish to contribute to our society should be able to do so because it benefits everyone.

"I am a first-generation American. I am proud of the country that I was born in and I am proud of my parents who worked hard to become naturalized Americans. They struggled and they worked hard and they managed to help their son get into an Ivy League college. My parents weren't special: they were like every other group of immigrants who have made this nation great.

"'Closed borders', like many new asinine 'security' measures at airports and new laws like the PATRIOT Act, give the appearance of increasing safety while, in fact, they do the exact opposite. These measures do nothing but drain our economy of wealth and make us less safe."

Ari Armstrong, a volunteer for Shnelvar's campaign, added, "The great heroes Libertarians look to in the past are the abolitionists, those who condemned slavery. The libertarian philosophy is based on a respect for individual rights and the supreme importance of every person. The natural home for those most often denied freedom and equal justice on America's shores is the libertarian philosophy, which promises to fulfill those ideals.

"Recently, Colorado's own Sheriff Bill Masters, America's first Libertarian sheriff, wrote in his book *Drug War Addiction*, '[A]re you truly the shield, the protector, of the beautiful but fragile lady we call liberty? Do you stand beside those who are harassed and arrested because of the color of their skin?' Every true libertarian - indeed, every decent person - will answer 'yes' to that question."

Libertarians will protest the INS and support immigration at an August 17 event in Palisade. For more information, contact Richard Lamping at 970.379.8448.

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