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McCaskill’s perspective is invalid

Posted: March 17, 2010 9:21 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Linda McCaskill’s letter “New Perspective” (March 8) describes a scenario in which your child is drowning and asks if you would rather have an illegal immigrant who can swim or an American who cannot.

This “perspective” may be “new,” but is invalid.

Fortunately, however, there is a quick fix to the scenario. A better perspective is the following: Your child is drowning in your own backyard pool during a large party and is rescued by one of the (many) uninvited strangers (whose identities and presence you have no knowledge of).

Some of these people are extremely nice, while some are criminals and others are there just for some privileges or opportunities.

You thank the rescuer, but for your family’s sake, you will want to at least know who is on your property. You expect your visitors to identify themselves and be invited before they come through your gate.

I happen to be one of those people who have spent countless hours and dollars at (not-so-pleasant) immigration offices to become a resident alien (legal non-citizen).

These are reasonable procedures. I don’t see why some get to ignore these steps and still stay.


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