To the editor:
As the nation observed “A day without immigrants” on Thursday, I had some thoughts.
The word immigrant does not necessarily mean illegal or undocumented. We are a nation of immigrants and many of those who marched are legal citizens, either by birth or by the process of naturalization.
Here is a short synopsis of my thoughts on this issue:
- Is there an issue with undocumented citizens? Yes.
- Do they contribute economically and socially to our communities? Yes.
- Do they take our jobs? No. Many of the jobs they do are jobs many of us refuse to do.
- Are they safe? No. The abuse and exploitation of undocumented citizens is huge. And yet it’s still better than their homelands!
- Is there an easy answer? No! The costs in personnel, court costs and the like involved in deportation are astronomical. Our country cannot afford it.
I have been blessed to work with, pray with and become friends with many immigrants.
My final question is: Why can’t we treat people with respect, no matter what color their skin is or where they come from?
Barb Bierschbach Wolter