Immigration law applies equally to everyone

April 16, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 15, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

There was an interesting Associated Press article in the Wednesday Advocate about immigration protests in Washington to try to convince the president to act "boldly and soon" to reduce deportations and to allow "more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S."

The problem with this is immigrants who are here legally need no presidential or congressional intervention for them to stay. Those who are here illegally are in violation of U.S. law and are asking for the president to allow them to continue to stay in violation of the laws of the country.

Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community change, said, "There is tremendous anger among core constituencies of the president and the Latino and Asian communities in particular." So the president is supposed to be influenced by people who aren't supposed to be here? He's supposed to work for the American citizens, not illegal aliens.

America is supposed to be a nation of laws, a nation wherein the laws apply equally to all. We have laws that are supposed to regulate and control immigration, and Bhargava wants those laws to be ignored for some who want to come here. Not all - some. In this nation of laws, why should Wolfgang have to play by the rules and jump through the hoops required by U.S. law to immigrate while Juan doesn't have to abide by those same rules? There is no right for someone to decide that today, he or she will pick up, pack up and cross the border into the United States and take up residence. He or she has the right to apply for the opportunity to immigrate but not to skirt the law and just show up. This is the antithesis of laws applying equally to everyone.

Carl Bankston, Victoria



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