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Problem of undocumented immigrants remains

Dec. 31, 2010 at 6:31 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

Your lead story in Sunday's edition ("A Dream Unfulfilled") should have been one-half of one of your "Pro/Con" features because it presented only one side of a story that affects not only illegal aliens but also millions of U.S. citizens. I won't refer to the latter group as "legal" because that would be redundant. The subject of your story and/or her mother are referred to as "illegal" or "illegally" four times and there is mention of "fake Social Security numbers."

I can't remember how many times I have heard the question, "What part of 'illegal' do you not understand?" in discussions about the problems our country faces with undocumented immigration, not only from Mexico but other countries as well. A recent news article - Guns & Patriots, Oct. 12 - mentions an increase in arrests of OTM's (other than Mexicans) from 11,600 in 2009 to 14,850 in 2010, just in the Tucson Sector of Arizona. Of those, 2,960 were identified as being from "special interest" countries and sponsors of terrorism, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba.

Closer to our own border, we read and hear stories almost daily about the terrorism that is reducing Mexico from a third-world country into a war zone, with 28,228 narco-deaths since 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sympathy is due to innocent families who are devastated by this, but the United States cannot solve the world's problems with blanket amnesties or non-specific DREAM Acts. Preference should be given to those immigrants who exhibit qualities that America needs (like honesty) by standing in line for their citizenship. It's the price that millions of naturalized citizens have already paid over the years.

Maybe some of them will merit a front page story in the Victoria Advocate some day.

Curtis Carter, Port Lavaca

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