With the recent rise in concern about illegal immigration in the United States, I am finding an appalling side effect. Defending the border is important. At least $10 billion a year is spent on schooling, hospitals and medical care for more than 8 million illegal immigrants according to the Center for Immigration Studies. That amount of money affects the education and medical costs of all immigrants and citizens which is not going to abate. The Minuteman Project has brought a lot of these thoughts to the public forum but with it has come racial tensions that don't belong there. There has been a recent rise in angst directed at the Hispanic community. "Go back to where you belong! Go back home!" When I hear something like this it makes my skin crawl. Sounds a lot like something out of the Civil Rights era. If home is where you hang your hat, is home where some of your family came from generations ago? How many generations do you have to live here to call it home? It is silly and obnoxious. I feel that there are a lot of uneducated citizens that are all too willing to lump immigrants, naturalized citizens and citizens into the same category as illegal immigrants. Let's just use this as a platform for racial bias, shall we?