Opinion

Letter

Why Amnesty Now?

Re: Why Amnesty Now?

Ken Oyer
Turlock, CA

It isn't some of the illegal aliens who broke the law; it is every one of them.

At the beginning of the article, "Why Amnesty Now?" you say that opponents of illegal immigrants argue, "'Some immigrants have committed felonies by entering our country illegally.'" For me, and those around me, this is the basic premise of why there is a problem with amnesty. It isn't some of the illegal aliens who broke the law; it is every one of them.

We are a nation of immigrants. Most came through Ellis Island or other legal means to become Americans. Crossing a border does not make someone American. The salad rather than a melting pot is another problem with illegal aliens. Through the years those searching for a better life and the opportunities America offers have come via many different means hoping to meld into the American culture and progress up the ladder of success here through hard work and sacrifice. Hooray for the illegals who have accomplished this, but they started out illegal. Don't the laws mean anything? It is perhaps unrealistic to advocate deportation on a huge scale. But, just like legal immigrants, illegals should have a sponsor who is willing to financially take care of and represent them as they work to meld into the American scene.

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