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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Re: Jon Palmer’s letter (“Sorry, but an illegal immigrant should get in line,” July 7 Pick of the day):
Before graduating from Bassett High, I looked into becoming legal. I did thorough research on the Internet and spoke with lawyers for months.
After finding no way of becoming legal while remaining in the country, I realized I would have to take a chance and go back to Mexico to get “in the back of the line.” The day before my departure, I decided not to leave.
I love my family. I cannot just leave for ambition and leave them here to struggle. I refused to leave my young brother without someone to look up to and look after him.
I couldn’t leave the country I was raised in and loved dearly.
If Palmer is suggesting that I get married to become legal, I refuse to do such a thing. If he’s suggesting I leave my family and take a “chance” on having an application accepted for legal migration, I refuse to not be there for my immediate family for years, a decade or forever.
If he’s asking that I leave the country I love and wish to help move forward, I refuse to. I may be undocumented, but I am an American at heart.
A friend recently told me I am an undocumented American. I don’t need documents to prove my love for this country.
I need documents to help carry out wthe responsibilities of an American citizen legally by contributing, volunteering and helping this great country move forward.
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