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Reader: You're either here legally, or you're not



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I read in the Sept. 20 issue some comments by Marsha Smith ("Reader: We're arguing about the wrong thing," Letters) that I happen to find a bit ludicrous, to say the least.

I actually had to read her comments several times as I could not believe what I was reading.

She should know that the Constitution and Declaration of Independence pretty much apply only to those who were born here or came here by legal means and who abide by the laws of this country.

For those who have made a calculated decision to come into this country illegally, well, I'm sorry but you made a bad decision and now you are expected to suffer the legal consequences of that choice.

We have just laws on the books, what we've lacked in the past is the political courage to take the right course of action for the benefit of Americans, not illegals.

That includes protecting and securing our borders, as any sovereign nation would.

We also have a reasonable path to citizenship already in place, one that tens of thousands of legal immigrants have already benefited from.

I feel absolutely no obligation to anyone, regardless of age or gender, who comes to this country illegally in order to exploit all that America has to offer and give so little in return.

— Mike Endres, Colorado Springs

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