Teen Offers Thoughts On Illegal Immigration

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Editor:

In your Jan. 12, 2007 issue of the Payson Roundup, there was an article written by Michael Maresh titled "Illegal immigrants not welcome in Payson, council says."

Although I think this article had some very valid points, it also comes across as harsh and negative. I think it is important to remember that we and our ancestors came to America from somewhere, in most cases in search of a better way of life. Throughout history, races of people have immigrated from one country to another in search of something better. It is human nature to try to better ourselves. I also disagree with the councilor's assessment that illegal immigrants are responsible for methamphetamine being brought into our community. I believe the methamphetamine problem is way more widespread than blaming it on one group of people. I realize that the whole immigration problem in America is a huge and complex issue, and, I in no way mean to oversimplify it, but I think it is important to view this problem from a humanitarian standpoint. In other words, what would I do if I were in their shoes?

Ben Lee, age 13, Payson

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