Letter: Immigrants must follow the laws
This letter is in response to the article written by Scott Condon, “Hispanics share thoughts on immigration reform.”
My concern with this article is how it highlights the illegal immigrant, not the legal immigrants with green cards striving to obtain citizenship. The majority of the subjects in this article are illegal immigrants who have snuck over the border and are now crying about the injustice for illegal immigrants. One of the interviewees is concerned that the debates in Congress are disingenuous and that perhaps the immigrants are being tricked … really? I find that statement extremely offensive coming from people who have snuck into this country and reaped the benefits illegally.
My question is, if these people have been in this country for 22 years, raising children in the community, why do they need an interpreter … why don’t the speak the language of this county, English? The children of the illegal immigrant who are born in this country are automatically American citizens. The children who are brought into this country illegally by their parents are able to get a free education through our public education program. They are eligible for all the same scholarships that American citizen children are, plus the ones that are geared for only Latinos. I don’t recall seeing any scholarships for white American citizen children (that would be racist). Also, undocumented children are now eligible for in-state tuition.
I have no problem with immigrants coming to this country for a better life for themselves and their families, but it must be done legally. I do believe that 13-plus years is too long a road to become a citizen. Reform is definitely needed. However, blanket amnesty didn’t work in 1986, and it won’t work now.
People say they want to come to America for a better life; however, they are not willing to follow the laws, learn the language or pay their dues as my ancestors did when they came to this country as legal immigrants.
Eileen & Don Cummings
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