David J. Silva: Immigration process needs examining

November 4, 2013 

On Oct. 5, 2012, my niece married a man from Holland. He is a professional with a college degree and speaks four languages, has no criminal past or communicable diseases. Just the kind of immigrant that we want in our country.

So why did it take nine months and thousands of dollars for him to come to this country legally? His wife had to sponsor him, guarantee that if he couldn’t find a job that she would support him and that he wouldn’t receive any government aid, which is as it should be.

Mexico has one of the highest crime rates in the world, but the government makes no attempt to check the illegal immigrants for criminals or diseases. Some of the diseases that we eradicated years ago are coming back. I worked with them for years, and if they could show a Social Security card, which they could buy for $50, they could work. Politicians should pay attention. Many of us will not vote for anyone who puts illegal immigrants ahead of legal immigrants, and we do not belong to the tea party.

DAVID J. SILVA

Los Banos

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