LETTERS: The American dream should be gained legally

In Esther Cepeda's column ("Voices for the Voiceless Immigrant," Feb. 21, 6A) she discusses the frustrations and obstacles of immigration reform. I'd like to interject my legal immigrant point of view:

I'm so blessed to be living in America and thanked my parents for bringing me here. America is, for now, the place of freedom and opportunity. I understand the desire for foreigners to come and build a better life for their families. To provide a brighter future for my children, I probably would try to come here illegally too, especially if I can get away with it -- 11 million have.

However, it is up to our people, our government to set up a system that is fair so that anyone who wants to come will have the opportunity to do so, legally. For those who have not only broken the law coming here and then openly protesting our laws of deportation -- oh, the audacity.

Do they not have any sense of fairness for themselves and others? Shameful.

-- Vee Nguyen



Say_that_again 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah! Let's deport 11 million here illegally and start over with a system that lets anyone that applies for a visa get it. Maybe we could let in 22 million that want the American dream - of course we will need to hire more screeners to keep out the 11 million we deported since they are now felons. We will see a drop in tax revenue as we deport these tax payers and increase in empty housing, pushing down the price of housing for another real-estate decline. It'll be worth it so that we don;t have "illegals" cleaning our toilets, picking our crops and other jobs Americans do not want.


notblind 2 years, 3 months ago

Right and wrong, fair and unfair, lawful and unlawful don't mean a thing to people like you. There is not a job Americans won't do. You just have to pay them 2013 wages not 1975 wages that illegal aliens work for.


news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

Say_that_again posts mythical suggestions with No Facts to back up hysterical threats of an America without Illegal Aliens. It appears that the fake smiley face is actually very scared of a life that doesn't involve slave labor. Admitting that she looks down on the Illegals that clean her toilets, because she is too lazy to do it herself.

Here's an idea, Say_that_again ... clean your own toilets instead of posting garbled rants in the middle of the night.


news2me 2 years, 3 months ago

Say_that_again .....did not even READ the letter before posting such stupid suggestions.

This letter is an account from a Legal Immigrant.

I agree with Vee Nguyen of Lawrenceville.




Say_that_again 2 years, 3 months ago

As for Americans wanting those jobs: http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2011/jun/23/probationers-replacing-illegal-farm-workers-but/. As for reduced economic activity, take 3.5% of the consumers (government estimates of number of illegals divided by the US population) out of the economy and consumption drops, thus causing a dip in the economy, usually called a recession. The writer said "...system that is fair so that anyone who wants to come will have the opportunity to do so, legally." Note "anyone" thus having no limits in who can get visas. The tone of the piece, while condemning those here illegally, admits that he would have considered such a move, somewhat hypocritical I think. Yeah, the 22 million is an exaggeration, put there for emphasis and to get your attention. Another fact that most want to ignore - about 40% of those here illegally came here with a legal visa and stayed after it had expired. The attitude of most that are so quick to condemn the illegal seem to think they all sneaked across our border. Fact, we currently have zero increase in illegal aliens. Fact: the Obama administration has strengthened the borders and have done more to find and deport illegals than any other administration.


news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

No one is going to bother reading any misinformation you come up with now. You might as well as spit in the face of Vee Nguyen (a LEGAL Immigrant) when you didn't bother to read before you posted such hate.

You can't even muster up an apology, just more lies based on your law hating, unpopular and anti-America viewpoint.

Say_that_again ... your credibility is gone.


R 2 years, 2 months ago

Some of you may cry “crocodile tears” for the “poor farmers” that were short labor upon the passing of HB 87. There was no need for that fiasco at all, but most of those understaffed farms DIDN’T use the H2A by personal BUSINESS choice, a process that’s been the law and around longer than some of the farmers’ interviewed.

Those farmers were as illegal in their operations as the labor they used. They gave you the consumer no cost breaks at the market and made their neighbors responsible for THEIR indirect labor costs during the season, just like the cowbirds they are and continued to be afterward by giving all their neighbors opportunities to be exposed to TB in schools, not to mention the burdens those "AG winners/Whiners" placed on local government DHS and hospitals.


news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

January 2, 2013

ABC / Univision advertised this story, obviously to their "target market", announcing the first unmanned border crossing (US / Mexico). Illegal Aliens have proven for decades they cannot be trusted, but the feds are using the "honor system" and a computer.



  • we currently have zero increase in Illegal Aliens.

  • the Obama administration has strengthened the borders and have done more to find and deport illegals than any other administration.


kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

Hire Americans to work on your house an you will not have to worry about all this about illegals. Stop hiring cheap and hire Americans to do the work.


John5214 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't worry. Obamarama will get a bill passed giving all the illegals citizenship when those who oppose him are away in the bathroom during the vote.


Say_that_again 2 years, 2 months ago

For those that obviously do not look at true data:

http://www.ice.gov/removal-statistics/ which shows Obama's administration has deported more illegals

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57557470/illegal-immigration-to-u.s-drops-after-rising-for-decade/ which does show a reduction in illegal aliens.

While it is true that the count of illegals can never be perfect, we can determine trends, especially since improvements have been made in determining the number of illegals.

The crazy thing about my critics is exemplified by news2me that posted a link that supports my statement that Obama is doing more to stop illegal immigration. The only real negative in the article was lower than expected arrests. This only indicates that crooks found the security too strong to risk crossing here.


notblind 2 years, 2 months ago

Add this to your "data". People with no moral or legal right to be inside our borders destroy American lives everyday. This is who you want to give citizenship to.



news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

True data? Let me ask you two easy questions, since YOU have ALL the answers:

  • If the feds found them to count them, why do they claim to be unable to find them (aka round 'em up) to deport them?

  • Is it not a much better use of Taxpayer Buck$ to find them (via the Census) and deport them at the same time? You can find money to count them, but can't find the $ to deport them?

I'm always amazed how we are fed (with such accuracy) how many Illegals are living here, yet on they tell us they can't be expected to find them for deportation. Shameful

Instead of praising Obama for what magical numbers he can feed his worshippers, you should really question his ethics and constant, continual campaigning. My gosh, you gave him his job back, so why is he still trying to convince his own sheep he is actually doing something. Say_that_again, which is the best Obama lie you have fallen for?


news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

Still no apology for Vee Nguyen ... Shameful, Say_that_again

The crazy thing is our lone critic believes / thinks that her opinion matters over facts. The link above is census data, everyone knows (except fake smiley face) that Illegal Aliens are, by in large, not willingly going to tell the feds they are here. Lets not forget all the Entitled Illegals since the re-election of His Royal Highness Obama. His pandering invited Illegal Aliens to continue to invade, and Say_that is naive enough to think those numbers are included in her flawed data.


So ........... Say_that_again doesn't want to give up her Illegal toilet cleaners and is still desperately searching the web for stale crumbs that support her weak theory (while the rest of us sleep like normal people) . LMAO!


news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

Obama continues to use Illegal Aliens as Political Pawns:


Criminals being released to the public AND the threat of the US / Mexico borders being unsecured.



R 2 years, 2 months ago

The claims that the upcoming Shamnesty for 11 million will be offset by tighter enforcement so this never happens "again", is nothing more than poor fiction.

The President’s “dream act lite” was proof for all to see if they have eyes in their head.

Of course the act of releasing criminal aliens into communities, blaming that release on sequestration before it even happened, all the while stating it “was just a few hundred” then back pedaling and acknowledging that it realty was thousands - after a week of denials, just amplifies the fact that we can’t trust words.

The Native American’s description of the forked tongues applies to us all.

So let’s ALL demand a reset, RIGHT NOW - before the Senate and Congress begin yet another of their famed "shows of deliberation"…

Attention Lawmakers: Take ten minutes to pass a simple bill RIGHT NOW that makes illegal entry into the USA a FELONY.

Illegal entry defined as: Entry at points other than DHS approved locations, false record submission (or bypassing unmanned computer stations…ARGGHHH) and finally overstaying legal visas.

We can then move to having a comprehensive discussion and development of a system that tracks every visa holder. Once, and until that measure is in place, only then can a solution be reached.

Till that time – it’s simply an enhanced exercise in wash, rinse, and repeat, regardless of what any super-DUPER gang of 8,16,32,64 or any other combinations come up with. We didn’t elect you to hang onto a seat forever – if you’re afraid to do the right thing to be reelected, flip parties now. Otherwise like the foreman used to say, “Alright kiddies, break time is over - now GET BACK TO WORK!”


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