Focus on the real criminals

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005

This is in response to those who wrote that Ernesto Guillen (Empire, Dec. 29) broke the law and should be punished by being sent back to Mexico. Give me a break. Unless you are an American Indian or Alaska Native there is probably a descendant from your family who "broke the law" and came to America to pave the way for you to have a better life. Or is it different because perhaps they were of European descent?

I can attest personally that my grandfather and many of my relatives came into this country illegally, others legally through Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty welcomed them with open arms. Either way, we call them "heroes" because they left their homeland and pioneered to the United States to live the American dream. I agree there are many out there who we do not want as our neighbors and they should be hunted down like dogs and sent back to where they came from. However, the law needs to address each case individually and provide amnesty to those who are not a threat to society and who have been decent, law-abiding citizens and spend the time and money tracking down the real criminals.

Carmen Mastronardo Katasse


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