Taking exception to letter’s comments

As an immigrant (don’t panic though – I am white and middle class) living and working in Marshalltown, I take great exception to the comments expressed by Timothy Patrick aimed specifically at this town’s Hispanic population. Time and time again economic and labor studies support the view that immigrant labor is not only advantageous to this country’s economy but is now essential if we want to benefit from cheap food, affordable housing etc.

Where is Mr Patrick’s evidence regarding the “invasion of the undocumented” into Marshalltown. Where is his evidence of the increased crime rates and of collapsing property values attributable to Hispanic immigrants. Facts just don’t support his assertions.

As we approach Cinco de Mayo let us all join our Hispanic co-workers, neighbors and friends as they celebrate an important date in Mexican history. After all, even as an immigrant I join in the El cuatro de Julio celebrations!