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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Your feel-good article about an illegal immigrant, Eli Salgado, falls short in my pity department (“Rally supports immigrants,” July 1 news story).
What has Salgado done since becoming 18 years old in terms of applying for legal citizenship? My reading of the necessary steps for such application appear to be met by Salgado. Why is he taking the easy way by applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival relief? Is it because the legal line of immigrants gets in the way?
Does he feel entitled because President Obama is circumventing the historic path to legality with “come and get it” legislation? Delgado has had seven years to begin the legal steps to citizenship, but chooses to complain and uses political phrases like “stepping out of the shadows,” a phrase with no meaning, designed for sympathy, not legality.
Salgado hasn’t been “in the shadows,” he’s been in the open since age 4. He certainly is not hiding his illegal status. Sorry, no sympathy here.
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