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Letters: McGinley Commentary, Immigrant Profile

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Letters: McGinley Commentary, Immigrant Profile

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Listeners air their thoughts on Kitty Eisele's commentary about Jay McGinley, and Debbie Elliot's profile of Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, a former illegal migrant worker, now a citizen and a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University.

JACKI LYDEN, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Debbie Elliott is away.

It's time for some of your letters.

NPR editor Kitty Eisele's commentary on Jay McGinley came in for criticism from several listeners. McGinley, who calls himself Start Loving, has been on hunger strike in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, trying to draw attention to the crisis in Darfur. Eisele said, he made her feel ill at ease, and she wondered out loud why does that had taken up the Darfur cause so distant from his own life.

Monica Wilson(ph) wrote in from Oakland, California, to say, I have rarely heard such a needless and demeaning critique of someone opting for social good than I heard today. And I had to wonder whether Ms. Eisele was offended and embarrassed by his actions or by her own lack of understanding.

We also got quite a few letters about Debbie Elliott's profile of Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, a former illegal migrant worker, now a citizen and a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University. Many of you were upset to hear someone to entered the U.S. illegally being profiled on our air. Danny Hampton(ph) of Kansas City, Missouri, had this critique for us.

It's again another thinly veiled(ph) attempt by the mainstream media to make people comfortable with illegal immigration and open borders. Senor Quinones-Hinojosa got away with sneaking in to our country and NPR rewarded him for it with a feature story, shame on you.

But others found the story inspiring. Dorain Porets(ph) wrote, the extraordinary saga of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa sent me to tears. Now, that is the American dream story if ever I heard one. Thanks for another concrete example of how the human spirit endures.

And, finally, George Nixon(ph) wrote in from Coos Bay, Oregon, with this to say, thank you for your inspirational story on Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa, the illegal immigrant who had contributed more to America than Lou (unintelligible) and the gaggle of "Deliverance" banjo boys who are afraid that these hardworking people are destroying this great land of ours.

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