Mr. Michael Mandel's letter on immigration that appeared in the June 12 Port News begs an answer. First and foremost, he among so many, falls prey to the politically correct but misguided attribute of calling illegal immigrants "undocumented." Let's be clear on this. These folks have wantonly and with impunity broken the laws of the United States of America. They are 'illegal' in every sense of the word. Pure and simple! I am surprised that as an officer of the court, Mr. Mandel doesn't recognize the difference between 'innocent until proven guilty' and guilty as these lawbreakers are! There is absolutely nothing 'innocent' or 'alleged' about their actions! Mr. Mandel goes on to categorize how these illegals are subjected to..."today's harsh and unjust system." Free education, free medical care, free social services, financial assistance, etc...etc.... which all of these folks who jump the border get, at the expense of us the financially overburdened and over taxed, taxpayers! These Mr. Mandel you call "harsh and unjust system?" Come-on, give us a break, will you?

You want to know what really was a 'harsh and an unjust system?' Roll back the clock to immediately post WW II. Holocaust survivors who wanted to emigrate to the U.S. to join their loved ones were subjected to the following conditions. (1) There was a stringent quota how many nationals from each European country were allowed in. (2) You had to have a financial sponsor in the U.S. because in those days Uncle Sam wouldn't extend any financial assistance, a. k. a. 'welfare.' (3) One had to pass a physical exam by a U.S. doctor affiliated with the U.S. Consulate where the immigration process started, to determine that you were fit health-wise. And finally (4), if you successfully met all of the above prerequisites, you had to wait five years for the immigration visa! That Mr. Mandel was a 'harsh and unjust system.' I should know, because I was subjected to it!

On one point, Mr. Mandel and I agree. Yes, this is a country of immigrants. But they all came here legally! That's what e pluribus unum (from many, one) stands for! All things being equal, no one is denied due process in coming to the U.S. But do it legally and for heaven's sake learn to speak the language of this country, English! In Mr. Mandel's legal vernacular, I rest my case!

Stanley L. Ronell

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