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Double standards abound

Dear Editor:

Illegal in the dictionary is defined as “not lawful” – “not sanctioned by official rules,” so why can’t law enforcement people ask for proof of legality whether it is Arizona, Colorado or any place in the U.S.A.?

They are allowed to ask for a driver’s license and proof of insurance, so why not proof of being legal in the U.S.A.? This is the United States of America, isn’t it? Not the United States of Mexico!

During World War II, I served with men in the Pacific named Jones, Ryan, Hansen and Balewski, but I also served with Garcia, Alcala and Rodriguez – all legal citizens of America. We all got shot at and shelled with no thought of what our ancestry was or what the color of our skin happened to be.

I’m sick of seeing all the protesters marching and wrapping themselves in the American flag demanding equal rights. They don’t have equal rights if they are illegal, period! The whole problem started right in Mexico where there is a double standard, the haves and the have nots. The Mexican people have been suppressed for hundreds of years by their own government and their standard of living shows it. The word “peon” is defined as a “member of the landless laboring class.”

I’m also tired of various employers in our valley writing letters to the editors saying they are wonderful and hard working people. They are the same as “gringos” – some are good and some not so good. But they will work cheaper than “gringos” because where they come from they might earn 10 or 15 dollars a day and here maybe 10 to 15 dollars an hour depending on their skills.

Like millions of others my parents were immigrants from Norway but they earned their right to become American citizens legally. There are an estimated 12 million illegals in America and just think of the billions of dollars that it costs because they are here – from health issues to every thing has to be printed in English and Spanish because they don’t care to learn English. Have you ever seen or heard Polish, German, Norwegian, Italian or other nationalities handled this way? No!

It’s time for our national, state, county and city governments to take a stand and protect our rights, not theirs. There is another side to the coin: Employers, stop cheating them out of money they have earned; this is common by some despicable people!

Chris Tessem

Basalt


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