Let's clear the air - my great-grandparents immigrated here from elsewhere. So did other members of my family.
That said, we must clamp down on our out of control problem of illegal immigration.
In response to the Saturday, April 8 opinion piece, I was astounded about how ignorant, misinformed and just plain wrong it was. Please, I hope nobody laments as to why newspaper subscriptions are at a low.
Rather than pick apart the opinion line by line (because writers to the editor are limited to a certain length), let me state that not only should we solve this problem, but we must. The first thing we do is cancel all social services and welfare to those who come here illegally. That alone should make a number of them to go back by themselves. We also need to punish those employers who knowingly hire illegals. If a background check can be done me, then one can be done on a possible criminal.
Illegals absorb far more than they "contribute"- they drain our social resources, fill our already overcrowded schools and add demand on our already expensive gasoline. Thirty percent of our prison population of illegals, hospitals, E.R.'s, urgent cares are filled by more people than otherwise would be there - and all this is at the financial expense at those of us who are actually contributing, Americans (and not by illegals). Not only that, but they send out our currency to help the economy of their socialist country - the country of the flag they wave!
Illegal immigrants are not immigrants - they have no desire to assimilate or to be American. One need not look any further than the LNS front page, where signs that read "Viva La Raza" (meaning The Race) are held by so-called "protesters." It's already been established that these protests are organized by organizations like International Answer. We shouldn't lie to ourselves and say they are anything but. A real immigrant is one who comes here legally, participates in the process and just plain does it right.
Why is it so difficult to simply ask that of anyone who desires to come here? I'm not being racist - I'm being Patriotic.