Letters to the Editor

Immigrants not the only hard workers

Usually I enjoy reading Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s columns because, at times, he has seemed logical and impartial. I felt that way until I read his column about the DREAM Act ("A dream to legalize certain immigrants," Wednesday, Page B-7), which was proposed as a route to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Maybe the lawbreakers need to go home and improve things in their own countries. Mr. Navarrette is criticizing people who are concerned that this act will reduce educational opportunities for American-born citizens because they will have to compete with illegal immigrants for admissions to colleges, etc.

What really upsets me was how he stated that we need a DREAM Act for our own children to encourage them to be responsible, characterizing American citizens as spoiled and irresponsible: "What Americans really need is a domestic DREAM Act for our own kids -- something to remind the little darlings that, if you want something out of life, you have to put something back in" -- as if illegal immigrant children are the only ones capable of hard work.

What a slap in the face to people like my nephew who is fighting with the Marines in Fallujah! We need people to stop coming into our country illegally.

ANNE SENK

Salida

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