Why Aren't Illegal Immigrants Treated Like The Criminals They Are?

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Editor:

Illegal means, "against the law," according to Webster's dictionary.

Why is it so difficult to comprehend? According to your front page article on Jan. 16, there are those among us that have been here against the law for 10 years or longer. Is that not a crime? Does it make them criminals? Should they not be treated accordingly?

In 10 years, why have these people who seek a better life not attempted to do so legally?

Could it be that it is easier to live the life of a criminal than to live one of an American-born citizen as myself who has worked their entire life paying into federal and state taxes, Medicare and the Social Security system that these illegals feel they have a right to?

I am employed by the federal government and pay a premium for my health insurance. Then I pay a co-pay for medical attention as well as prescriptions. My family's health care is dictated by the insurance company and what we can afford. How is it that those here against the law are treated to free emergency room medical attention? Better yet, in our great country, why isn't there being a stop put to it?

Am I the only one who sees that this drives up the cost of medical care and insurance premiums for law-abiding citizens?

I am from a lineage of veterans who have fought to preserve our freedoms and way of life. To allow illegals to take such advantage of our medical, educational and other systems is an insult to those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.

Shame on the illegals and shame on those who employ and provide for them to continue the destruction of our society.

Sandy Traxler, Payson

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