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    Answer to immigration problem should transcend party lines

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    Answer to immigration problem should transcend party lines

    Voices of immigration

    Over the past several weeks, we have asked readers to share their views and personal stories about immigration. Here are some of their responses. Look for more letters throughout September.


    USA TODAY OPINION

    Letters to the editor


    The immigration debate touches everyone differently. When the subject comes up, I'm surprised at the range of stances taken by people I know and love. I also know that I probably shouldn't be so shocked, because this issue has roots that far outreach those of simple political partisanship.

    PHOTO GALLERY: In readers' own words, stories of immigration from Iraq, China and Italy.

    To get in touch with my own true feelings on the subject, all I have to do is spend an afternoon with my 92-year-old mother, Vickie, and listen to stories of her experiences.

    She was born in Italy and came to our shores with the type of enthusiasm befitting the storybook view we cling to when we think of the traditional immigrant experience. Mom learned English with a fervor fueled by her desire to "fit in" with a citizenry she admired and dreamed to be a part of. She, and others just like her, joined the Army to serve this same nation without hesitation because of her love of America.

    I write all this not to glorify my mom — many other immigrants of that time did what she did. And many people are currently working through the complex maze that is our present immigration policy with the same fervor Mom had then.

    I don't claim to know the perfect answer to the immigration problem, but any partisan effort, left or right, to use this issue to its imagined benefit, will amount to a slap in the face to those who immigrate — or immigrated years ago — within the law.

    Vince Santoro; Nashville
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    Family ties hard to trace

    I am an American-born adoptee. My birth mother believed that she was English and Irish and that my biological father was German. I have never met them. The information I have is scant or impossible to verify. So how their ancestors got here is not something I think about at all.

    But I researched my adoptive family successfully. One line arrived in 1810 as stowaways aboard a ship. They excelled as naturalized citizens and raised large families.

    Today, looking at a person on the street, no one in America could tell whether that person's ancestors arrived unconventionally. Many descendants often don't know. I wonder whether some of those same descendants protest illegal immigration.

    We adopted our daughter, who is 14, from China. I carry a copy of her U.S. passport in my wallet now, and so does she. Others may look at her as a stranger. The joke's on them: I am far stranger than she is.

    Deb Wasserbach; Frederick, Md.
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    Re: Answer to immigration problem should transcend party lin

    One line arrived in 1810 as stowaways aboard a ship. They excelled as naturalized citizens and raised large families.

    Today, looking at a person on the street, no one in America could tell whether that person's ancestors arrived unconventionally. Many descendants often don't know. I wonder whether some of those same descendants protest illegal immigration.
    Back then stowing away on a ship was not a violation of immigration laws.
    He is comparing apples and oranges.
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    American opposition to illegal immigration and even excess legal immigration already transcends party lines. It actually always has. Illegal aliens and their supporters and advocates have been fooled by the politicians they bought who will drop them like a hot potato after November, because the Silent Majority of this country is not only awake on this issue now, they are informed, on their feet and will soon be marching to the voting booths to throw this pro-illegal alien scum out of Congress, out of state legislatures, out of Governors Offices and in 2012, out of the American White House.
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    "Answer to immigration problem should transcend party lines"

    It isn't an "immigration" problem.

    It is an "ILLEGAL immigration" problem.

    The solution is to enforce all immigration laws.

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