Misleading Misconception

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Editor:

The issue of "illegal residents" in this country is fogged and "spun" by misapplication of the term "immigration" to the situation. According to the English (I don't know what the Spanish translation is) dictionary, an "immigrant" is "a person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another." Those who wish to immigrate to the United States are covered by our immigration laws. Those who have entered, and remain in our country illegally, are not.

Therefore, the only valid application of the immigration laws to "illegals" is to determine whether or not they are in the country in accordance with current law. If not, they should be dealt with accordingly -- as law breakers, not illegal immigrants.

The terms immigrant and/or immigration do not apply!

Richard S. Lindfors, Payson

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