- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Mayor John DeStefano Jr. of New Haven, Conn., proposes allowing illegal aliens and legal immigrants to vote (“Let illegals, other noncitizens vote, New Haven mayor says,” Nation, Wednesday). Do the terms “sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” mean anything to this mayor? He is proposing that the United States be turned into an economic zone where any foreign citizen should be allowed to enter so he can partake in one of the greatest rights accorded American citizens.

Illegal aliens are counterfeiting official documents to obtain work and financial benefits reserved for American citizens and legal immigrants who have played by the rules. Mr. DeStefano says, “We’re a place that sees a strength and places a value on welcoming folks from all over the world.” Wrong, Mr. DeStefano: America welcomes people from all over the world, but only those who enter our nation legally. The vast majority of Americans do not welcome people who violate our immigration laws and use counterfeit documents to obtain benefits from local, state and national treasuries.

Sovereignty and territorial integrity are the hallmarks of nationhood. The mayor should visit a foreign nation and see what happens if he tries to vote and receive benefits reserved for citizens.

JOSEPH R. FARRELL

Alexandria

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