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Immigration and ancestry perfectly clear

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I’m so very sorry that Richard Geiger [“Reform is the answer, not ‘great wall,’” The Reader’s Voice, Feb. 20] finds my letter confusing [“Path to more votes through immigrants,” The Reader’s Voice, Feb. 14].

It would help if he stops calling people names. I’m not an apologist. I’m a lifelong Republican. I apologize to no one for my party. The Democrats aren’t that far behind. 

A Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll of Illinois voters showed 42 percent have a negative view of the Democratic Party. And there are far more Democrats than Republicans in this state.

I’ve never called for increased border security or enforcing the immigration laws by deportations. I’m an American. I served this country in the armed forces, spending all my life in public service. My parents were legal residents; my father a proud citizen of the U.S. I’m of Mexican ancestry and proud of it.

Mr. Geiger, a Democrat, should recognize his party line. That’s his boss talking. Obama has deported 2 million immigrants with one side of his mouth and played “nicey” with the other to fool the Hispanic vote. Perhaps Mr. Geiger will understand it better if I said, Obama speaks with a forked tongue. He lies.

I ask for nothing in my letter. I’ve written against the wall from the time it was proposed to when it became a reality. I employed a literary tool: irony, sarcasm to ridicule the proponents of the construction of the wall between Mexico and the U.S. The terrorists came in through Canada.

Would it confuse Mr. Geiger further if I used figure of speech to capture the mood, the picture of the above inaneness? “Wrong-way hooligans.”

Mr. Geiger, perhaps inadvertently, illustrates my point more succinctly: Walls don’t solve the problem of illegal immigration, or, as he puts it, “the solution is not a wall.”

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