Letter: Immigrants

April 30, 2014 

There was an old Italian saying summed up this way. "I came to America because I heard the streets were paved in gold. When I got here, I found out three things. First, the streets were not paved with gold; they weren't paved at all; third, I was expected to pave them."

Yes, these were European immigrants, including my father, who became naturalized within one year. This government promised them protection and the highest level of rights due to members of this country, the best act of love for all Americans of very laborious work.

Jeb Bush's recent commentary is totally insupportable. "People come to this country to provide for their families; yes, they broke the laws, but it is not a felony, it is an act of love and commitment to families." If his biblical principles are so entrenched, I suggest he think about missionary work; much in need.

Quit dismantling the Constitution. Insufficient taxpayers paying for "acts of love." Your paper headlined it, "Family Dollar closing stores; low-income shoppers pinched." Can't get more succinct than that.

Mary C.L. Malloy, Boise

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