Don't pity illegal immigrants

Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:12 p.m.

Thank you for printing Wilfredo Melendez' Speaking Out column (Jan. 9). It forcefully illustrates why we must regain control of our border.

He begins by noting that President Bush has, by his amnesty proposal, started a discussion regarding illegal immigrants. He then drops the word illegal from immigrants and accuses those who believe our present laws should be enforced of being xenophobic - especially toward Hispanics.

He plays the victim card by accusing us of oppressing Hispanics. The oppression is shown by two examples:

1. Various states have "legislation to prohibit people . . . from speaking Spanish in public places." This is not true. The only legislation of which I am aware would simply require public records/documents to be in English.

2. "Undocumented" (read illegal) migrants are prevented from obtaining driver's licenses, health care, and education. Well duh!

From here, the column goes into some irrelevant disconnected comments such as large multinational companies will move to where labor is least expensive. The unsupported assertion is made that fewer immigrants seek citizenship now than in the 1950s because of "obstacles."

I will make my own unsupported assertion that the reason fewer immigrants seek citizenship now is that more immigrants are illegal, do not share our values and did not come here to become citizens in the first place.

Melendez complains that President Bush spent $187 billion on "his" war against Iraq rather than on immigrant (read illegal) health, education and welfare. The idea that the nation should place illegal immigrant health, education and welfare above national defense offends me.

My love of the rule of law demands that illegal immigrants be deported and it offends me that anyone, including our president, would reward scofflaws for the sake of cheaper lettuce.

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