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Sat, Oct. 19

Letter: We must unite on immigration issue

EDITOR:

I have just read R.F. "Buz" Williams' Sept. 26 "Talk of the Town."

As a Catholic, Mr. Williams should know that the words of Scripture and the social justice teaching of the Catholic Church are guiding Fr. Art Gramaje.

In many instances in Scripture God's words strongly mandate that we welcome the stranger. Certainly God is not talking about "pedophiles (or rapists, robbers, murderers, shoplifters or other crooks)" (to quote Mr. William's list) but the mandate still says, "Welcome the stranger."

All nationalities have their share of the above quoted delinquents. Nothing proves that undocumented persons have more than their share.

Mr. Williams seems to think that a "creative idea" would be to send the immigrants back to Mexico so that the government would have to mend its ways. What a novel idea!! Why is it that 50 percent of the world lives on $2 a day? Because governments (even our own) do not put the needs of the poor high on their priority list. People who leave their own country leave to look for a better life no matter which country they emigrate to. At the present time the United States gives 5,000 visas worldwide for unskilled workers. Last year Mexico got three visas (information from Jorge Montiel, Mexican Consulate).

I'm from Ireland and I became an American citizen in 1967. Today thousands of Irish people are in this country illegally because it is almost impossible to stay legally, (unless you want to spend half your life trying).

Reasonable people in this country want to see a good and lasting immigration policy for all who want to enter the United States. Let us work together and use our energy and political clout to lobby our government to produce this policy.

Sister Ann Fitzsimons

Prescott

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