Dale Nelsen, Wichita Falls
I agree with much of the letter “Give Kids a Chance” in the TRN on Feb. 6. The writer stated children of “undocumented immigrants” should be granted legal status under certain conditions.
I prefer to call the parents “illegal immigrants” since they did break our laws.
My father entered the U.S. just like the writer’s grandfather. He could speak no English, he had less than $20, he was not a bigamist, he had a tattoo on his left forearm and he had a sponsor who lived in Racine, Wisconsin. This information was gathered from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
We welcomed immigrants who came to this country, but there were restrictions, one of which was to learn English. There were no radios, or TV at the time, but he learned to speak English very well. He became an American citizen approximately seven years after his arrival. He brought a trade with him and was a successful small-business man until his death.
The U.S. was once called a “melting pot.” Immigrants learned English and fit into our society, retaining their heritage in their homes and organizations. This is not happening now. Illegal immigrants come to this country without a substantive education or trade, though they are attempting to better themselves. I would like to better myself also, own a big mansion, boat, etc., but am limited unless I break our laws and somehow acquire these nice things without regards to our laws. My question is, what should be the fate of the parents who brought their children here illegally? Do they have a green card? Are they seeking citizenship? Do they speak English? Have they melted into our society? Should they get a free ride in this country?
I do not believe a nation can survive in a multicultural society, and that is what we are becoming. In any public place and one hears many different languages being used by young and old.
The government and most businesses print everything in multiple languages, so why should they learn English? I suggest any immigrant, legal or illegal should have the personal responsibility and desire to learn the language of their host country if they want to live here.