Letter: Becoming U.S. citizen a privilege

To the editor:

In the Aug. 15 paper, “there was published a thoughtful, well-written  column “Immigration reform plan crushes American dream,” by Janet Williams, editor of ThestatehouseFile.com.

Alas, the editor is grossly, sadly, misinformed. A computer “nerd” (expert) can easily find the exchange between (poor) Bob Costa and the White House communications director, Mr. Stephen Miller. The latter explained the problem far better than this poor soul could ever aspire.

But I cannot resist a comparison between her German grandparents and today’s massive onslaught of illegal immigrants. Somehow, I doubt if Janet Williams’ grandparents demanded street signs and newspapers be printed in German. I really doubt if they organized massive parades carrying the German flag as did thousands of Latinos, waving the Mexican flag.

I cannot envision them racing to the nearest welfare or food stamp office demanding service, or the nearest medical facility demanding Americans pay for their medical care. I doubt they joined an organization such as LaRaza, demanding the USA return Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California to Mexico. I doubt if they voted (almost 100 percent) for only German political candidates.

Becoming an American citizen is a privilege, not a right, in contrast to thoughts espoused by the open borders crazies. Immigration laws require a candidate learn the language, history, customs and how to become assimilated into and become loyal to America. This was, intentionally, made a lengthy and (semi) arduous process of becoming an American. Many of my ancestors were of German origin, and they, too made me proud to be called an American.

The inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty is inspiring — but has nothing to do with the immigration laws of the United States. As a further observation, during the 1930s, immigration was halted for a time, as it was felt new applicants could not be assimilated.

Get yourself a nerd….

Kenneth R. DeVoe