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My dad, his brothers, my grandmother and most of his side of the family came to the U.S. from another country with less than desirable living conditions in the late '60s and early '70s. They did not sneak over the border. They did not beg for support or humanity. My dad worked his tail off, saved up the money, filled out the papers and flew here legally where he supported himself through school, got a great job, applied for citizenship and raised a family — all without having to smuggle himself or anyone else over the border.
Most desirable place to live
Our country is often viewed as one of the most desirable places to live, but the laws that protect the citizens who reside here legally are part of the reason the U.S. remains a great place to live. Although I understand the often desperate desire for these parents to seek a better life for their children, it is our country's responsibility to care for the children in need who were born here or live here legally, not to have an open door policy just because kids born in other countries have parents who choose to smuggle them in and dump them on the U.S.'s doorstep for sanctuary.
While there should be compassion given to children of any birthplace, the fact remains that allowing these refugee children to stay means a huge financial burden to our foster care system, government-supported health care and influx of non-immunized children mingling with your kids. Although I believe these children should be properly cared for while residing illegally in this country awaiting deportation, I believe that the increasing droves of often-unaccompanied children will decrease once the message is clear that the U.S. is not the world's mother. Just as our country cannot be expected to be the world police, we cannot realistically take care of every problem of every person in every country, regardless of age.
You can be a citizen also
For those parents seeking a better life for your children, you are welcomed with open arms so long as you come here through the proper legal channels. My father's family did everything by the book and we have a wonderful life to show for it. He has long since become a citizen of this country by following the rules of the country in which he now resides — as can you.
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