I'm fortunate to be able to do a lot of volunteer work in our community. Through these volunteer efforts, I have met many immigrants from various places, including India, Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador, Bosnia, Guatemala and Thailand. Some are now citizens or in the citizenship process and some remain undocumented.
The common thread for all of them and for my German-born ancestors is a desire to make a better life for themselves and their families. All of the people I have met are hardworking, tax-paying, law-abiding, contributing members of our communities. Some are home owners. They all would be excellent U.S. citizens.
I strongly urge our Senate and Congress to pass a compassionate and comprehensive immigration plan that would keep families together and provide a path to citizenship. The immigrants I know are willing to wait in line to become citizens. While they work and wait, they could take comfort in knowing someday they have the opportunity to become U.S. citizens, without fear of deportation.
How they came to the United States is not as important as what kind of citizens they will be. They have proved themselves to me as the kind of fellow citizens and neighbors I would want.
Marsha E. Dawson,