Teen Offers Thoughts On Illegal Immigration



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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