It's high time for immigration reform

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2005

This is in response to Tiffany Sargent Thompson's letter to the editor of Feb. 3.

It seems like you and I are among some of the lucky few to have legal immigrants as husbands, but I have to say that I do not share your views on immigration and find your comments offensive and unappreciative for what you have.

Your using a vacation home in California as an analogy to the United States is the typical better-than-thou American attitude. We do not own the United States. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. I too have been through the immigration process and understand that it is more than "tedious and stressful." To not know what will happen to your family or the one you love is heart-straining and emotional turmoil. This shouldn't be the case when it is to honest people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Isn't that what immigrating to another country is about?

My heart goes out to the family of Ernesto Guillen. I have known this family for four years now and this is a perfect example of why our immigration laws and processes should be reviewed and reformed.

I personally think that the Mexican influence on our country can do nothing but better us because of their work ethics and traditional family values. By example, they can make us work harder and be more appreciative for the things we work for and have. And yes, people need to vote on immigration policies to make a change. What do you think we're doing right now? We have to create something to vote on first.

Barbara Miramontes

Juneau



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