- - Sunday, December 1, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am a second-generation American. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Italy, and my paternal grandparents from Austria, at the turn of the last century. Most Americans are aware of the rigorous screening that was undertaken in admitting new emigres to our country. The purpose was to protect the American population from carriers of disease as well as to keep it safe from criminal elements and those who would become a burden to our citizenry (“Is there a moral approach to immigration reform?” Commentary, Nov. 27).

Many would-be immigrants were thus sent back to their countries of origin. It wasn’t easy for my grandparents; they had to learn English and fend for themselves. America offered hope and a new beginning for oppressed people throughout the world. The country did not offer a free ride, but great rewards for those with entrepreneurial spirits.

We are a nation of immigrants who have come here legally. Granting amnesty to those who have entered our country illegally is not the American way. We are not anti-immigration; we are law-abiding. To grant blanket amnesty to those who have come here illegally will rob Americans of jobs. It would deny some American citizens access to higher education. It will burden us with higher taxation and burden our already out-of-control health care and public-assistance systems. Our country already faces drastic financial challenges just trying to take care of our own.

I do admire those who want a better life for themselves and their families in the United States; indeed, who wouldn’t? But please, let’s not reward those who have broken our laws and taken advantage of our good will by giving them a free ride. Come here with the desire to be all you hope to be, learn our language and contribute to our great country — but please do it in accordance with our laws.

It is hypocritical for the left to invoke the Bible on this issue when our government has done so much to remove God and the Bible from our public discourse. They like to pick and choose verses by taking these verses out of context to support their views. You will never hear them quote, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat’” (Thessalonians 3:10).

LORRAIN RYAN
Berwyn Heights

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