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All immigrants should follow same rules

June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I am self-employed, and part of my work is assisting persons applying to become registered immigrants and to gain U.S. citizenship. I have been doing this for several years. I inform them if they qualify to apply or not. The ones who do qualify follow all of the requirements of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in providing necessary information and pay all fees when applying. I must also inform them that there is always the chance that they will not be accepted. These people go to great lengths in following the laws of immigration in the United States.

Carl Bankston's letter on April 16 is very accurate and informative, and I was very impressed with his opinion. I agree with him in that why should these people follow our laws and the people who have been here illegally for several years should not? What should exempt them from following the rules of immigration law?

While I have great sympathy for the people who are already here illegally, and think that something must be done to allow them to register just like all the other immigrants, I do not believe in complete amnesty for them. This causes the immigration applicants following the rules anger and disbelief. As Mr. Bankston stated, "They must not be allowed to skirt the law and just show up."

Vidala Veliz Trevino, Victoria

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