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American citizens should celebrate Arizona's law

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Serious immigration reform is needed. Arizona has enacted strict laws. That's a fact, and a celebration. Those laws command its police force to do its job -- to ask detainees for proper identification. No more. No less. As an American citizen, I celebrate this action. I do not see it as a violation of my civil rights, or anyone else's. In fact, I see it as a preservation of my civil rights, and those of my family.

A 1,000-mile fence does not seem logical. That is correct, especially when the current administration has put a hiring freeze on additional border patrol agents, and the number of National Guard troops sent to the area hardly amount to what's needed.

We want more states to follow Arizona's lead -- a responsible, nonviolent solution to help document our own citizens is to ask people for identification. My own daughter is foreign-born, and is now an American citizen. It took time, effort and substantial legal fees before she was permitted to become a citizen of this great country. As a young girl of 4, she was subject to interviews, fingerprints, DNA testing, infectious disease testing, numerous photographs and extensive scrutiny, all on her own, without us present. She has earned the right to be here.

I don't believe in the "undocumented immigrant." There are American citizens, legal immigrant, legal non-immigrants and just plain illegals. This last category, illegal immigrant, cheats the system for all of the hard-working, serious, dedicated people who have come to this country the right way, including my own ancestors.

Whether we are born here, have taken the long path of legal immigration, or are here as a temporary non-immigrant for work, we are the people of America. We are the voice of reason and justice, not those who choose to ignore our laws and cheat our system. American is a melting pot of people, ideas and cultures. We became that way by being strong, loyal and dedicated to the basic and good principles of life - hard work, respect and fairness.

Clearly, a national policy is needed. You are correct again. Let it be one where we, as a nation, reward those with American values, and celebrate those of us who work to uphold our system of justice. Let it be a policy where those who do not respect our system are asked to return to their own countries.

Amy Spears-Thomas

Bemidji

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