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Guzzardi columns hailed for tackling immigration

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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003 10:00 pm

The April 26 and May 3 columns by Joe Guzzardi regarding the Latino Family Literacy class in the Lodi Unified School District and other districts speak volumes about our dismal immigration policy.

Teaching culture in the classes instead of academics is just one more reason why every citizen should be concerned.

Apparently the group of non-English-speaking parents who protested in front of the Lawrence School last November demanding more bilingual aides and a Spanish-speaking school counselor among other demands have gotten their way with the Latino Family Literacy class now offered especially for them.

Are the Latino groups paying for all this service or are the taxpayers once again being taken?

I live in the Lodi school district. I do not want to pay for a Latino Family Literacy class, especially since taxpayers are already paying for the ESL classes for immigrants - all free to them.

When are our leaders and lawmakers going to say enough is enough with the whining and demanding coming from those who have immigrated here?

It is true they are encouraged and counseled by Mexican political groups, civil rights lawyers and other advocates of illegal immigration, and this will continue as long as citizens and our elected officials do not take action.

It would take a book to write about the millions of tax dollars being used for all the government assistance and free services available to immigrants. All of this because our lax government does not curb and enforce our immigration laws. It seems it is OK to break laws by illegally crossing the border. Even some lawmakers in Sacramento are now lawbreakers. And I always thought we were a nation of laws.

I commend Mr. Guzzardi for keeping citizens informed of the real facts about our scandalous immigration policy. He is knowledgeable and a true patriot. Shouldn't concerned citizens tackle the issue head-on as Mr. Guzzardi suggests? Take action before California becomes another country!

Eleanor Kampschmidt

Stockton


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