To the Editor:
In the KDH, April 18, Opinion page Mr. Jose De La Isla says “Let’s not muddle immigration issue.” He then spends 14 paragraphs muddling the immigration issue with what I consider to be his agenda and half truths.
My take is that Mr. De La Isla favors amnesty for millions of illegal Hispanic immigrants with a quick path to citizenship and the right to vote. ... My understanding of our current immigration policy is that it starts at one of our 329 Immigration Ports of Entry (airports, land, and sea). ... Those who wish to become U.S. citizens must meet nine requirements.
This process seems reasonable and prudent to me. I really don’t see a need to change our immigration policy to something more or less stream-lined. Doesn’t it seem reasonable for our government to screen all people who desire to live and work in the U.S. whether temporary workers or permanent residents? Otherwise, how will we know if they are indeed Mr. De La Isla’s “people of good will and standing?” I want to know the character of the people with whom I work, who move into my neighborhood, and who attend school with my children and grandchildren — don’t you?
George Van Riper