Be a proud Hispanic

Published: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 11:04 p.m.
In responding to Wilfredo Melendez's Jan. 9 guest column: I disagree with most of what he is stating.
I am a very proud Hispanic who works very hard and came to this country the legal way; learning about the history of this country and taking my exam. I support my country, but have not forgotten my roots.
I believe that all those wanting to become citizens or wanting to work in this country must do so in the appropriate way; not the illegal way. We, as Hispanics, must be proud people who aspire to do the best we can to follow the rules of this country.
Yes, it is costly to become a citizen, but it is a small price to pay for the benefits that the American Citizenship entitles you to. Just because they crossed the border and come here looking for the betterment of their families does not mean that they must receive benefits as those who are citizens. Immigrants come here thinking they will be able to have food stamps, doctor care and general welfare without an effort on their part and without paying taxes. And that is very wrong.
We all agree that there must be a better immigration law. One that is fair to all that come - Hispanics or not. And one that will not show favoritism, such as the way the Cubans who come are helped from day one and not turned back.
Soon we will be the largest minority in this country. Let us do it with pride and be examples to the rest of the nation and the world by doing things the right way from the start. If you want to live in this nation, speak the language and follow the law; it is the only way to be a true American.

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