Many people don’t realize that undocumented immigrants can’t just “get in line” and become legal. They arrive on a green card or work visa (the number that cross on foot has dropped drastically), and simply remain after it expires.
Many say that they should just do what’s necessary to become legal. The problem? There is no way for them to become legal. That’s why their advocates talk about a “pathway to citizenship.” And if someone in Mexico wants to come legally there is a 10-year backlog of applications. Ten years, while your family is living in unbelievable poverty, while drug cartels kill thousands of innocent people, while trafficking in sex slavery is a threat to your children and the government can be as dangerous as the cartels ... would you really want to wait 10 years?
In the meantime, while they are here, they are working, going to school and paying taxes (something we’re not sure our president does). Deport criminals, absolutely. Do not deport hard-working people who contribute to our community. And the Dreamers? They were brought here as children. Since when do we punish children for the crimes of their parents? How un-American is that?
Gaetana Drake, Modesto