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Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder

Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Golden Door


at 6/4/07, 7:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

jim, since youre obviously so pro-open border, how about you allow me to come stay in your home? i'm a full time college student, and i cant really afford my rent, so how about i move in for free until i graduate? i dont have health insurance, so i assume you would be ok with paying any medical bills that i will have, as well as helping me with my tuition?

after all, this is what we do for illegal immigrants, is it not? lets see you put your money where your mouth is. i'll await your response.

at 6/4/07, 10:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical jim borgman....

the guy hides behind his little cartoons, never willing to speak out on his own.

at 6/4/07, 11:34 PM Anonymous Reality Hammer said...

Is there a point to the use of Spanish punctuation in this comic?

at 6/5/07, 6:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Borgman, can you please advise if the folks in the cartoon are illegal aliens or are attempting to immigrate into this country through the proper channels?

IF THEY ARE ILLEGIAL ALIENS: They they must return to their home country, follow the proper procedures to enter this country legally.


at 6/5/07, 7:14 AM Blogger Bman5 said...

You need to put a little t-shirt on one of the cute kids that says: "illegal"

I don't think the crowd you're trying to depict with the Statue of Liberty is anti-immigrant...just anti-ILLEGAL immigrant...a huge difference.

I think it's this type of misrepresentation that fuels unnecessary fires in this sensitive debate.

at 6/5/07, 9:16 AM Blogger Steve Willhite said...

Mr. Borgman,
I have no idea how you can keep going every day when everything you draw seems to cause non-stop griping. I wouldn't even read my own blog.
There are some of us do who appreciate the artistry, humor and opinions you presnt, as well as the opportunity to leave you a note or two. This was a great comic. You rock when it comes to expressing body language. (and the message wasn't bad either)

at 6/5/07, 11:26 AM Blogger Jim in DC said...

Jim doesn't hide behind his cartoons. He stands behind them. There's a difference, Anonymous.

Every cartoon is him, speaking out on his own.

at 6/5/07, 12:33 PM Blogger Ernie said...

Regardless of where Jim stands, this cartoon is a blatant misrepresentation of the ILLEGAL immigrant debate. The Statue of Liberty (and the implied Ellis Island immigration facility) represents those people who came to America legally and went through the process to become American Citizens.

Jim is implying that we (the USA) do not welcome immigrants, when this is clearly false. I will welcome each and every person who enters this country legally and invite them to join in the bounty of this great nation. But, when a person enters this country by immediately breaking the law, they are a criminal and have no rights to the freedoms here.

at 6/5/07, 1:09 PM Anonymous Ryan said...

I'd love some of these "anti-illegal immigrant" people to come out to a place like Los Angeles and see how vital illegals are to the day-to-day operations of our city, and many like it. Many illegal immigrants here live in dirt poor conditions, so obviously, they couldn't afford the ridiculous application fees and lawyers necessary to go about becoming a legal citzen of the United States. Quite the catch-22. We'd be better off giving amnesty than kicking them out.

at 6/5/07, 2:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, youre not going to take me up on my offer about moving in?

a liberal hypocritical coward? who would have imagined that!!

at 6/5/07, 2:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no real consequences for hiring illegals, hence businesses hire cheap, illegal labor. Not having to pay a livable wage, benefits or taxes on them keeps the people at the top fat and happy.

at 6/5/07, 3:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, anonymous, he's probably not responding because it's the stupidest freaking analogy in the history of time.

I suspect your time in college will be short-lived.

at 6/5/07, 3:09 PM Blogger rayray said...

I like that cartoon, you have some really good things to say! :) It must be frustrating to see the comments you get on your blog though!

at 6/5/07, 4:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 3:04

im not sure which college you graduated from, if any. however, you should look up the definition of analogy. ill type slowly so you can follow:

i spoke about health insurance. when illegals go to a hospital without insurance, who pays?


when illegals cant afford college, but get money anyway, who pays for it?


do they use our tax dollars on a daily basis without paying taxes themselves?


maybe you should come to class with me. you might learn a little something more than what you get from the colbert report. :)

liberals can never put their money where their mouth is. borgman freely comments on other blog posts, but hes yet to jump in on this one. what a coward.

borgman, its a good thing your daughter left for college. it would be a shame to see her father in the midst of his mid life crisis/bottom of his career.

at 6/5/07, 4:55 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

I've always wondered . . .

Drunk drivers are never referred to as "illegal motorists" . . .

Jaywalkers are never referred to as "illegal pedestrians" . . .

Yet, undocumented immigrants are constantly referred to as "illegal aliens" . . . what's that about?

Oh, and I'll take Anon. 7:04's offer, just be ready to be paid $3 an hour for the menial tasks I won't do, live in the spot under my desk, and face the constant threat of me reporting you to the authorities! Fair 'nuff?

at 6/5/07, 5:00 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Oooh, also:

"Illegals" actually avoid hospitals like the plague, for fear of getting reported by the people there.

Most "illegals" don't finish high school, much less go to college.

Oh, and until magic cash registers are made that can tell status to cut out the sales tax, "illegals" very much pay taxes like the rest of us . . .

at 6/5/07, 6:00 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

The full-time college student, who chooses to remain anonymous, acts like a hypocritical coward by personally attacking Borgman and daring him to respond. This student, perhaps not an English major, says "liberals can never put their money where their mouth is" The student also makes an accusation that Borgman has never made a comment on his own blog. That's not true. He responded to my post a few months ago about the depiction of minorities in political cartoons. I wish the student good luck in gaining full-time employment after graduating from college. I'd suggest losing the belligerent attitude and discontinue stereotyping people, who disagree with your point of view, as cowards.

at 6/5/07, 8:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear oh so nonanonymous tim (ohh the hypocrisy): you really should come to class with me also. apparently, you've never passed third grade english. go read what ive said before. i never accused borgman of never responding. in fact, i said quite the opposite. i've seen him respond numerous times. its cute that you choose to manipulate my words to prove your point. until you can prove that you can read basic english, there will be no need to respond to anything else you say. :-)

at 6/5/07, 9:50 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

You are correct, anonymous. I misunderstood your statement-"borgman freely comments on other blog posts, but hes yet to jump in on this one. what a coward." I assumed you meant posts on blogs other than his own. As my journalism teacher once said: "When you assume, you make an *** of you and me. The point I'm attempting to make to you is that your opinion can be made without hurling insults at people who disagree with you.

at 6/6/07, 7:51 AM Blogger Doug said...

What I like is the selective responses from the anon college student. He feels free to attack those who he feels are in a questionable position, but doesn't respond to accurate criticisms of his positions (ex: reality check's posts). Hypocrisy? It seems like he embodies it here.

Anyways, I'm not sure how to approach this issue myself. Many illegal immigrants do jobs that average american citizens are not willing to do. And they do them well. Like Ryan said, they support our economy in so many ways that a mass crackdown would negatively impact a lot of things. But an open border policy would lead to no good as well. A large influx of people with no idea who they are, or how long they are planning on staying would be ridiculous, especially if we were to extend govt. services to them. It would be an economic disaster as well.

This issue is too multifaceted for a simple solution to be sought after and proposed in a blog posting. But anyways, people need to stop reacting with such vitriol to opposing views and actually listen if ever a solution is to be found.

at 6/6/07, 8:25 AM Anonymous we don't need no stinkin badges said...

now why do you suppose a big corporation like wal mart would be doing this:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will launch a prepaid card aimed at customers who do not have access to a bank account, the Financial Times reported in its online edition on Wednesday.


at 6/6/07, 1:42 PM Anonymous Vince said...

I disagree with the idea that Borgman portrays in his cartoon. People with a family history in Cincinnati know that immigrants basically made this great city what it is today. The kind, big-hearted, hard-working, tradition-based, loyal, family-oriented character/lifestyle came from the Irish, German, Dutch, Catholic, etc. immigrants. However, these people came over legally and worked hard under true discrimination (not the "discrimination" the ACLU and Jackson and Sharpton shout at every turn).

Cincinnati's original immigrants are the types that Lady Liberty welcomes. Not the ones who come over illegally, reap the benefits of law-abiding taxpayers and liberal policy-makers, lower the standard working wage, deal drugs and commit other crimes. There is a huge difference there.

With that being said, I think the first anon poster had a great analogy, but then he had to go and screw it up by making it into a "real" offer. C'mon, do you really think that anyone (regardless of their thoughts on illegal immigration), would take you up on that offer??? State your analogy and let it be. Continually acting like you really want to move in with Mr. Borgman, and calling him a "coward" for not responding to your absurd offer just makes you look foolish and weakens your analogy.

The same goes for accusing Mr. Borgman of "hiding behind his cartoons". Do you want him to go to fountain square and make a public announcement of his views? I'd think making sarcastic/humorous cartoons about your views on society is a good way to get your point across.

Just because you don't agree with Mr. Borgman's views, doesn't mean you can't find his cartoons witty or humorous. There are some of his cartoons whose concept I'd disagree with, but I'm able to permit a chuckle at his light-hearted stab at my opinion.

at 6/6/07, 4:42 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Hey, I took up his offer! I'm still waiting; of course, I'd give him (her?) the address of a local Home Depot to go to for pick-up like any other day laborer!

at 6/6/07, 5:12 PM Blogger Jim in DC said...

I can guarantee that if Germany had shared a border with the US during the 1850's, there would have been plenty more 'illegals'. If Ireland were contiguous during the potato famine, not everyone would have come in through Ellis Island.

It's dreamy to think that our 'legal' ancestors did the right thing because they were outstandingly ethical citizens of the world, but in reality, your stomach moves you where you need to go. They had to come in legally because swimming wasn't an option...

Most posters here seem to enjoy pointing out hypocrisy and cowardice. So go to town on my opinion. Fact is, the world is complex. So it goes.

at 6/9/07, 1:09 PM Blogger Scott Evans said...

Jim in DC, its about the rule of law, fairness, and protection of our security.

1) Rule of law - the law on the books right now is a misdemeanor for illegal entry into the US. Thus that is why they are called illegal aliens or simply just aliens. History has shown when the rule of law is not enforced societies fall, whether it be the Greeks, Romans, Soviet Union, etc. So in the US whether its Paris Hilton serving her time or illegal aliens being deported for their crimes it is important.

2.) Fairness. I have a friend who I finished my MBA with that works for P&G. He immigrated here from Belgium and after 14 or 15 years just became eligible to become a US Citizen. It is not fair that those on the extreme left want to let 20 million people skip line to become legal residents and citizens of this country.

3) Border security. I think the biggest problem with open borders is not those coming in to pick tobacco or oranges, or to drywall, but the fact is if they can sneak in, so can those who want to do us harm, al-Queida, Hammas, etc...

4) The bill before congress in paragraph terms like it is reported and debated on talk radio, news clips, and political cartoons is probably a good bill that could solve the problem. However, reality is its an 800 page bill that would create another big government beuacracy that will end up being as ineffective if not moreso than what we have now.

As far as Borgman hiding behind his cartoons, at least he signs his name to them, unlike those who use anonymous postings, which is truly hiding behind keyboards.

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