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WRITER NEEDS TO REVIEW HISTORY

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Deseret News staff writer Marjorie Cortez, in her editorial on Proposition 187 (Dec. 3) states, "At some point and no one knows precisely when, the door shut. A nation built by immigrants now says illegal immigrants are not welcome here."

I think Cortez needs a quick history review. Before the United States became a welfare nation, immigrants entered this country via Ellis Island. They came without the intent of being provided for by a country with overabundant welfare handouts, but rather to contribute. Ellis Island was an entering checkpoint. Many requirements had to be met including a complete physical. Today the politically correct liberals would scream discrimination. This entire process was established for "legal immigration." I think Cortez needs to realize that this is where the difference lies.Illegal immigrants have entered our country breaking our laws. It does not matter who the non-citizen is or what their country of origin. The fact remains that anyone seeking citizenship of this United States needs to apply through legal channels.

Lee M. Murphy

Hunter