Letter to the Editor

Open to immigrants

Paso RoblesJuly 15, 2014 

In the 1930s, my father was denied entry into the United States. His country of origin was Poland. He was deported to, of all places, Cuba, even though he spoke no Spanish and had no family there.

At that time, without a work permit, you could not work legally in Cuba. Any job that my dad was able to get in Cuba was therefore illegal. He eventually entered in the United States by marrying a U.S. citizen and joining the Army shortly before WWII. He became a citizen while serving in the war.

I think there should be a path for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. If we create entry points for immigrants similar to Ellis Island, we could prevent criminals from entering this country and we could quarantine any immigrants with diseases until they are better.

If there are currently 11 million to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, it is unreasonable to believe that we will deport all of them. Let us get real. This country stays strong by the immigrants we allow into the country. Most immigrants want to work. They want the better life they can achieve here.

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