I appreciate Eleanor Paschal’s Feb. 12 guest column. She expresses insight and understanding of the fate of Hispanic immigrants who come into the hard-working agricultural world in this country. She also is correct in saying our “politicians are competing to see who can formulate the harshest immigration reform.”
For practical reasons, any American farm or dairy could not survive without illegal workers, because American workers have become entitled to a more affluent life guaranteed by Uncle Sam.
Most immigrants over the past century had to expect harsh living and working conditions, and learn the language if they wanted to better themselves.
It is totally illogical to say, “ship them back to wait in line for a legal visa.” After weeding out the criminal element, register all the immigrants and phase in an assimilation process without threats.
There are three reasons why people wanted to come to America: First, they are seeking freedom, independence and opportunity to thrive, while accepting total responsibility for their own welfare with no government guarantees.
Second, they are oppressed by dictatorships from around the world and are denied the opportunity to achieve their own dreams and ambitions.
Third, there are those immigrants who have been robbed and forced out by dictatorships.
America has always welcomed immigrants who take responsibility for themselves and become Americans – language and all.
S.G. von Schweinitz