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Come here legally, like our ancestors did!


Date published: 6/12/2013

In the May 28 Free Lance-Star, there was a letter to the editor asking for immigration reform ["Immigrants pursue the American dream"]. We don't need reform. The laws we already have should have been followed. If they had been, we wouldn't have this problem.

People who break our country's laws should not be rewarded with being allowed to stay here and being given citizenship.

Just before and during World War II, there were boatloads of Jews trying to enter this country legally to escape the Holocaust; they were denied entry and were sent back to die in concentration camps.

It is a slap in the face to every one of them and to others who've tried to come here legally and were denied entry, for illegal aliens to be able to remain and for our government to bend over backward to find ways to allow them and future illegal aliens to come and stay in this country.

I am against reform. In my opinion, all who came here illegally are criminals and should be treated as such. The writer of the letter stated: "Before you oppose immigration reform, look back into your family history and see where your roots are."

My response: I do know where my roots are. My roots are in torture, concentration camps, and death, and the members of my family who made it to the U.S. to escape Hitler and the Germans did it legally.

Most of the people who immigrated to the U.S. did it legally. The only ones who did not come here legally are the ones who came across our border with Mexico, and they are the ones screaming loudest for reform.

They want citizenship handed to them on a gold platter.

Tom Chasen

Fredericksburg