I just read the letter to Mail Call from an eighth-grade student concerning the plight of Mexican Nationals and their pursuit of a better life. I would simply ask this young person, "What type of label should be put on someone who enters your house uninvited, takes things that rightfully belong to you, and does it all in as secretive a manner as possible?"
This nation's legal system refers to that type of conduct most often as "burglary," and one caught committing such an offense is quickly introduced to the consequences of such an action.
I personally see little difference between the motives of illegal aliens or common thieves. Both are simply seeking to "better themselves" at the expense of others. I certainly sympathize with the plight of all those who would seek a better future for themselves and their children by entering this country clandestinely, however, I do not favor blanket acceptance of such conduct under the guise of compassion. This nation has for decades had an immigration policy that has allowed most of our forefathers to become citizens and help make this the greatest nation on earth. But that policy is governed by rules and regulations necessary to prevent a massive influx of immigrants that could undermine the social and economic fabric that the citizens of this nation have come to accept as the norm. That policy has worked for generations and should be applied as equally and fairly now as in the past. To do otherwise would be to condone patently illegal behavior, and that bodes ill for any nation.
Ron Hamric, Pine