Citizenship the right way

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

I would like to know why some people in this community feel that Ernesto Guillen (Empire, Dec. 28) deserves special immigration treatment? He broke the laws of this country not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, but five or six times, according to the Empire's article. With that history how do we or the immigration service know that there aren't other laws that have been broken? His history with our laws isn't all that good. If he would have spent half as much time trying to get his legal immigration documents as he did trying to evade deportation, he and his family might not be in this predicament.

When my father came to this country, he was 16, spoke no English. He took classes to learn English, studied U.S. history, applied to become a U.S. citizen, went into the U.S. Army, went to war and became disabled for this country and then after all that became a citizen.

He was a good person, was not a criminal, went to church every Sunday and paid taxes. Maybe we can ask the Juneau Empire to do an article on him and ask a church to put on a function and maybe we should ask to be reimbursed for all the hard work he put in to become a citizen.

I feel that the article and letters in support of this Mr. Guillen are an injustice to the people who worked hard to become a U.S. citizen the right way.

Martin Holmberg


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