Undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children should immediately be offered a path to citizenship. This path should include the regular checks that apply to citizenship applications such as background checks, financial checks, medical checks, citizenship test etc. Fear of deportation should be removed during this process and the process should be completed in a timely manner.

Laws have been broken, but not by the people who find themselves in this situation. It is inhumane to punish them for something they did not do. It is even more inhumane to have put them into the situation of not knowing whether they can stay in this country or not. This is not the United States of America I thought I had moved to.

I am a recent immigrant and can imagine the horror these people are going through at the thoughts of having to dismantle their lives here and having to go to live somewhere unknown to them.

Imagine yourself in that situation and think of the details. Where will you go? How will you get there? What will you do there? Where will you live? How will you support yourself? What can you take with you? What will life be like there? Are your language skills adequate? If you are studying, what will happen to your education? What do you do with your pets, your possessions, your car etc.? Will you ever see your friends again? If you are undergoing medical treatment what will happen to that? Do you wait to see if Congress can work out a path to legality within the specified six months and risk deportation then if you cannot become legal or do you make plans to leave now?

What a dreadful situation to be placed in through no fault of your own.

A path to citizenship would give this country 800,000 educated, productive, tax-paying, good citizens.

Destroying the only way of life they know would create 800,000 enemies, something this country does not need.

JACKY WRIGHT, Thermopolis


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