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Letters: Immigration questions festering

Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at

Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services district office in Manhattan. (Jan. 29, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

I am writing in favor of offering a path to citizenship to immigrants in the country illegally ["Push to change immigration law," News, Dec. 9].

Many people complain about these immigrants living in the United States. While their claims of overcrowded homes and taking jobs may have some merit, I believe we have a lot to gain from the presence of day laborers.

In reality, day laborers come to America for better economic opportunities and better lives. Didn't the Pilgrims come to America for better lives?

I implore people to be more open-minded about the hardships that day laborers endure, and I strongly encourage the government to do more to assist them.

Rather than spending $40 billion of the people's tax money to keep immigrants out, spend that money to do something productive with the ones who are here! Spend that money wisely toward speeding up the process for people applying for citizenship and work visas.

The taxes immigrants would pay would be a great revenue generator for our communities.

Taylor LeBlanc, Freeport

Our immigration system is not broken, and there is no emergency to implement any immigration reform. If we provide any benefit to lawbreakers, we automatically penalize foreigners going through the legal U.S. immigration system.

Why should we allow 11 million lawbreakers who show no respect for our immigration laws to receive legal status before law-abiding applicants?

We should trade the 11 million lawbreakers now here for law-abiding people trying to get in legally.

Henry Smith, Floral Park