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Welcome, but follow the rules

Published 3:34pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This week we as a people of the United States of America will be celebrating 238 years of Independence and the birth of our nation.

For over 200 years, our nation has stood as a lighthouse for the world. While many nations over the years have built fences to keep their citizens from escaping, the U.S. has kept border patrols in place to keep those who would enter our country illegally from doing so.

Just recently, the issue of illegal immigrants crossing over our borders has made headlines. The United States has welcomed immigrants since the beginning; however, there are laws and procedures that have to be followed in order to be a legal citizen.

In fact, some of the greatest contributors to our nation in business, technology and the arts were not born on American soil. Photos of immigrants coming into New York Harbor in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the Statue of Liberty in the background depict those who came here to seek a better way of life by becoming American citizens.

Today, women and children are crossing the borders in record numbers, now coming from Central America, and photos showing children latching onto American soldiers can be seen across news media outlets. How to handle this situation is one that does not have an easy answer.

Many illegal immigrants seem to think if they get here, they are free to stay. During the current administration, the problem seems to have escalated. With the current economic situation and the number of folks depending on government assistance, one can wonder how the U.S. can continue to help all that have a handout, including the illegal immigrants.

However, with the knowledge that even the poorest Americans live better than a large majority of the rest of the world, would you not seek a better life for your children if you were in that situation?

Knowing that we could have a roof over their head, medical care and food to eat, how many of us might not try the same actions?

I can understand their desire to live here, but all immigrants need to follow the legal process.

I am not sure what the answer is to handle the growing influx of illegal immigrants, but there has to be some type of action set into place.

While each of us has his own ideas, politics seems to rule the day with each side blaming the other for the current problems. Unfortunately, this seems to be the problem with solving many issues that face our country now. Perhaps if the politicians would seek to do the “right thing” and follow the Golden Rule, many of our current problems could be solved.

Happy birthday America. Even with all of the issues we face, the U.S. is still the greatest country on earth.

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