To the editor:
To the editor:
I would like to share what I believe to be the predominant view of our citizens when it comes to illegal aliens. It is really very simple.
"Illegal alien" means that someone who is not a citizen of this country is here in violation of the law. This, at some level, is a crime. This is not about race, religion, color, creed, gender or age. The persons we are speaking about are committing a crime by being here.
Many years ago my ancestors entered this country. They abided by whatever laws and regulations were in force at the time. I know a few people myself who have come to this country, worked here, abided by the law and now are American citizens. They had the same opportunity as the illegal aliens have. They chose to abide by the laws of this country and reap the benefits of their own hard work, an admirable achievement.
I do not wish to pay for anyone who is looking for a free ride.
Our politicians are tiptoeing around this issue like it is a difficult situation to handle. It is not. Let's put it simply. If you get stopped for speeding, will the policeman wait to see if the legislature will change
the speed limit before he gives you a ticket? Not hardly. You will receive a ticket right away, because you are in violation of the law.
Get tough now on immigration. Enforce laws that are currently on the books, and pass others that will make enforcement of these laws easier by all enforcement agencies.
We do not wish to penalize hard-working, honest people who are
working toward citizenship and trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
We want the people who are getting a free ride on our tax dollars to leave and make room for more good, hard-working people who want to continue to make this a great country.
Kevin J. Boyd