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Bottom line: It's a crime

Posted: February 13, 2010 4:44 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
In response to Sunday's article "Facing the border: A day laborer's story" (Feb. 7):

Nice story about someone who has broken the law, not once but three times. Three times he has made the journey across the border to give his children a shot at the American dream.

It's written in a way that we should feel sympathy for him.

He made a choice to take that long trek into this country - nobody forced him. Should I also feel sympathy for someone who enters my home uninvited and takes what is not his? Isn't that what Alberto Lopez has done?

He said he pays taxes and I'm sure he reports all of his income. How does that work anyway, for someone who's not supposed to be working in this country? He said he doesn't take welfare, but who paid the hospital bills for his three children being born?

Their treatment when caught is harsh, I'm sure, but remember they're breaking the law. He said they are put in a holding cell and not fed much. Should taxpayers have to pay more to build better facilities and feed them better? Aren't the jails overcrowded already?

As for the dog that was rescued from the wash, tell Lopez that if he were in the wash I'm sure he would've been rescued too. And like the dog, someone else probably would've had to pay for it.

Do we have the same sympathy for the crack dealer who can't afford to feed his family? How about the prostitute on the corner who dreams of giving her son a shot at having an education? Should Home Depot have to build waiting areas for them, too?

I know things aren't easy for a lot of us, but if it's illegal then it's a crime.

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