Show compassion for immigrant

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2004

I recently came across an article in the Juneau Empire (Dec. 28), saying that Mr. Ernesto Guillen has been arrested in Juneau and is to be deported to his native Mexico.

Normally I would have little problem with an illegal being arrested and deported back to his own country, but I don't understand what happened in this case.

Mr. Guillen has been in the U.S. since the age of 15, (19 years) he has a wife and four children, and his family is legally residing in the U.S.

Why is this happening? What has Mr. Guillen done that would cause the United States to break apart a husband and wife and leave four children without their father?

I find this a cruel thing, if his only crime is being a Mexican citizen.

After 19 years living in America, I think he should be allowed to stay with his wife and children and given the chance to become an American citizen.

I would hope that the appropriate authorities would look into this situation and find a way to allow Mr. Guillen to remain with his family.

Americans still show compassion, don't they?

Jackie Edenshaw

Springfield, Ore.

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