We have a number of Latino families in our neighborhood, and we have become fond of them. We may not know them by name, but they are good neighbors, their children are precious and well-behaved, and we like having them here.
I don’t know–or care–whether they’re here legally or not. I wouldn’t want to see a single one of them exported.
But that doesn’t change the fact that illegal immigration is still illegal.
I’m practical, though. How could we possibly send thousands of people back to their nations of origin? That would be inhumane, not to mention being a logistical nightmare. Probably impossible.
But that doesn’t mean we should hand out American citizenship willy nilly. Look at the thousands–probably millions–of immigrants who’ve come into this country legally and worked hard to EARN their citizenship. If I were one of them, I would probably be highly resentful of anyone who became a citizen because the government didn’t know what else to do with them.
Yes, let the (otherwise) law-abiding immigrants stay. Let them work.
But don’t give them benefits already-legal Americans aren’t eligible for.
Pictured above are some friends of ours. Not neighbors, but examples of legal immigrants. Jenny is a native American, and the baby was born in the U.S. as well. Athos, Jenny’s husband, is a legal immigrant from South America and is legally permitted to work here. Ethan, their older son, holds dual citizenship between the United States and the country of his birth. Getting permission to immigrate legally took time and effort, but it was worth it.
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