Immigrants need to come in legally, go through process

Speak Out

This is in regards to the Daily News front-page photos on July 2 of the Families Belong Together March to protest the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 75 or so marchers were exercising their right as legal American citizens, under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “The right of the people peaceably to assemble.”

With pride, many Iron Mountain area residents are second, third and fourth-generation of immigrants from Italy, Finland, Sweden, to name a few. These Mountaineers are proud of their ancestry. They are proud that their ancestors came to the United States of America LEGALLY.

They came for a better life for their families, whether their reasons were political, financial, religious, educational, etc. They entered this country legally, learned the local language, sought legal employment, paid their own way, earned the respect of their new neighbors. They assimilated. They worked for the privilege of becoming a United States citizen. They came to contribute and be a part of the success of the United States.

Why does it seem that so many immigrants come here now with the expectation of being taken care of, as perpetual financial dependents, by our government and us legal residents?

We restrict and severely limit the number of immigrants from almost all western European countries. Yet you protest marchers want unlimited unrestricted immigrants from Central and South America. Why the discrimination? The whole world would like to be residents of The Land of Opportunity.

Current residents of Italy, Finland and Sweden now wait years for the privilege of being welcomed to the United States legally. Yet you marching protesters want to allow everyone to pour over the border and be accepted because they have children with them.

Why do we have any immigration laws if we are to ignore those laws due to “children temporarily being separated from their parents.”

Why have a Constitution filled with rights and privileges when the very people the Constitution protects –the marching protesters –are encouraging law-breakers? Should we allow everyone from everywhere to enter the United States unchallenged without being vetted, simply because they have youngsters in tow?

Our proud ancestors arrived legally and waited in line legally for the privilege to become U.S. citizens.

Honestly, we do welcome those citizens on our southern border, but we have the right to limit the number of those entering — they must wait their turn, then wait in line, follow the rules and laws and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the United States of America.

Another view on protest march

I’m writing about the Iron Mountain protesters marching for the children of immigrants who illegally crossed the U.S. border at Mexico.

I wonder if those 75 protesting marchers know that there are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison and there are another 400,000 kids in foster care in the United States. Who is marching and protesting for those children separated from their parents?

But somehow, all the focus is on 2,000 children of illegal immigrants who broke the law and who got separated from their kids temporarily?