In response to Ms. Gracio's letter in the December 14 issue of Immigration Daily, I would like to make a few comments on her "reality" v. "myth" theory regarding illegal immigrants.
- Illegal immigrants/aliens are not "thrown" into their illegal status due to some misfortune but have chosen to break the immigration laws of the United States and entered illegally or intentionally overstayed their visas and remain here illegally;
- Many illegal immigrants who are working here illegally, with either fraudulent documents or stolen documents, are not paying their taxes and yet are using our schools, transportation, hospitals, etc. at our taxpayer's expense;
- Many Americans, especially in New York, who have been laid off due to the recession would gladly accept employment that an illegal immigrant is holding today without any work authorization.
We are in a turning point in our history due to what happened on 9/11 and for the 21st century we should and are turning our attention to becoming a nation of LEGAL immigrants. This includes thorough background checks prior to LEGAL entry and a tracking system post LEGAL entry and it is about time!
- That the U.S. will continue to use the same old tired saying that we are a nation of immigrants and let everyone in legally or illegally.
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