In Beverly Hartley’s Mailbag letter, (“Saying ‘no thanks’ to candidate and stance,” Saturday), she expresses her outrage over Barack Obama’s statement about how it is important to naturalize as many legal residents as possible so they can vote against the “people who voted against comprehensive immigration reform.”
Hartley writes, “What part of ‘illegal’ does he not get?”
In all her lividness, she failed to distinguish the difference between legal and illegal immigrants. She also makes a racially charged statement about illegal gardeners and housekeepers (presumably Latino residents) who apparently can’t mow her lawn as well as she can.
Of course, racism and discrimination are nothing new to the United States naturalization process. Congress originally allowed only white persons to become naturalized citizens. It wasn’t until the Immigration Act of 1965 that we finally allowed all persons from all nations to be given equal access to naturalization.