- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Hispanic friend of mine recently called the United States “one of the most racist countries in the world,” a characterization she made in part, I believe, owing to her perception of ill treatment of Mexican illegals.

She views the illegals from Mexico who are living in the shadows in our Kansas town as victims. I believe most Americans for enforcement of federal immigration law are like me: sympathetic to the plight of those who leave Mexico but realistic about their drain on U.S. resources and the threat that open borders pose to U.S. security. A retired teacher, I put together an individualized program and tutored, free of charge, an illegal preparing for the General Equivalency Diploma test.

That was private charity. The United States can no longer afford the largesse of jobs and social services to illegals because of high unemployment for American citizens and the deficit and debt crisis. It is not racism or a lack of compassion to enforce U.S. laws stemming the tide of illegal immigration across our southern border. Rather, it has become a matter of self-preservation for a once-prosperous country that shared her wealth but that now has too few resources for her citizens.

LAUREN KAINE

Topeka, Kan.



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