2007-10-24 / Opinions

Legal immigrants played by the rules

Dear Editor,

As a recently naturalized United States citizen and a resident of Chesterfield County, I could not help but notice that your Oct. 3 page 1 article "Getting tougher" subtitled "…illegal immigration" had lost the word "illegal" in its title when it continued onto page 8.

For me to enter this country legally, I was required to pass many examinations - physical, mental, educational, criminal, civil awareness, ability to communicate in English. People who slip into this country without submitting to proper authority do not, in my opinion, deserve any special considerations whatsoever, whether they be housing, education of their children, health care or anything else. These people are not here legally. They actually have no right to be living here.

Entering this country legally is not easy, but it is this very fact that affords those who do enter legally the luxuries of life in America. I find it difficult to stomach that I did it the right way, and yet many of those who decided to ignore the laws of this land and enter illegally are now claiming that the very laws they ignored in entering should afford them the same luxuries as those who took the time and effort to enter legally.

I, as an American citizen, have a very simple suggestion to make to my fellow Chesterfield County residents to discourage illegal immigrants from living in Chesterfield. When any person does any form of work for you - house-cleaning, grass-cutting, carpet-laying, painting, day-laboring of any kind - ask to see their documentation. Whether working as an individual or through a company, ask if they are a U.S. citizen, ask what form of visa they are on, ask to see their green card, ask to see their I-9. Dry up the work, and you dry up the problem.

Patricia F. Ennis


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