Heartwarming immigrant stories

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 04, 2005

I left Juneau a long time ago, but I view the Empire on the Web now and then. You can just imagine how heartwarming the stories regarding Mr. Guillen have been for me. He of course is the gentleman who came from Mexico 17 years ago because of this country's plea to "give me your poor, your huddled masses" as written on the Statute of Liberty. He has worked his tail off, along with his wife, at menial jobs to support his family and "pursue happiness," most likely discriminated against and looked down upon each day of those 17 years.

It was just so heartwarming to know Shrub is sending him packing. Darn it, we're just not going to allow those kind of people in here, although they sound an awful lot like all our ancestors. I just sleep so much better at night knowing that the Department of Homeland Security is on the job and protecting us from such folks.

What in the world has happened to this country that once portrayed itself as a beacon for those seeking a better life if they were just willing to work? Very sad, but keep a stiff upper lip. Perhaps in four years we will have a chance to resurrect the hope this country once held out to the downtrodden of the world.

Richard M. Burnham

Madison, Wis.

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