Regarding "Easy fiscal fix: Stop aid to illegal immigrants" (Feb. 27, Letters): Denying these kids schooling could only bring on hopelessness and crime, not a smart idea. What bothers me the most is scapegoating. Those who care either way should read Dan Walters' column on the next page ("New studies on immigrants dispel hysteria.")
They come here to work and do jobs that many won't. If the jobs weren't here, they would not be here. When we scapegoat, we lie to ourselves and create villains. There are some screw-ups among the millions here illegally, but most are good people. My hope is that we can be better people than those in the past that used fear and hate to wrongfully blame others, that we Americans have grown out of the days of "Irish need not apply," etc.
I know these people; they come here to better their lives, work and achieve the American dream, not to live off "the system," which is more than I can say for some natural citizens. The problem is with wasteful government spending, outsourcing and a weak economy.
ROBERTO J. ARREOLA JR.
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