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Letter: Immigration crisis needs thoughtful solutions

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From: Joe Kinderman


Response to Letter to the Editor by John Kinnaman in the July 12, 2014 Republic follows:

I take exception to Kinnaman’s letter to The Republic in this past Saturday’s edition.

He states: “My ancestors were immigrants. So were yours. They came here seeking opportunity and freedom.” Yes, this is so; however, our immigrant ancestors stood in line, were processed and were issued appropriate documents, most becoming U.S. citizens by the laws of the land.


He also compared us (all Americans, as he implies) to be the New World “aristocrats, not wanting our comfort disturbed.” Excuse me! What most people want who object to what is happening is to use the system as its current laws are written, fix what is broken and stop the flow of illegal aliens.

Last, Kinnaman further stated in his opening and closing paragraphs that we’re not a very caring nation anymore, that we don’t set the example; we can’t afford to help immigrants, and we’re selfish! Perhaps he should do some research of local, state, national, and international tragedies and what the tremendous and often overwhelming response has been of people living in this city, state and nation to such tragedies through donations of cash, food, resources and time over and over again.

I’m an “old guy” too, just like Mr. Kinnaman. I consider myself a compassionate and giving person, but I am also realistic and like to exercise good common sense and judgment. I want this illegal immigrant situation to be dealt with in a well thought out and legal manner, not at the expense of our current citizenry.

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