Larry Elder

The following letter should have been written, but was not, by an illegal alien:

Dear American People,

I entered your country illegally. Several years ago, I paid thousands of dollars to a "coyote" to sneak me out of Mexico through your southern border.

I broke the law. I did it out of desperation -- desperation to leave a corrupt country whose socialist economic policies make it impossible for me to earn a decent living for my family. Most of us illegals come into your country to earn a living, with many sending money back to Mexico and other Latin American countries. In fact, the Mexican economy depends on these remittances, and would collapse without this money. I say this not to justify my illegal entry into your country, but to explain it.

While I left my wife and children behind, I know that some illegal aliens entered your country with the intention to have children, so-called "anchor babies." Under your laws, these children become automatic American citizens, eligible for welfare benefits.

I can understand your rage at being taken advantage of. After all, we aliens paid nothing to build your infrastructure, and contributed nothing to the welfare programs, the education system or the health care system that many of us now take advantage of.

Studies conflict over how much we aliens cost your country. Some say we cost a lot, although other studies say our hard work reduces the burden on the American taxpayer through cheaper goods and services. In any case, a first generation "illegal" undoubtedly takes more out of your country than he or she puts in. And we cut the line in front of those attempting to enter your country the right way, and threaten the livelihood of some so-called unskilled American workers. Again, I understand your anger.

When your House of Representatives passed the commonly called Sensenbrenner Bill, making it a felony to be in your country illegally, many of my fellow illegal aliens took to the streets, some waving the Mexican flag. Some of those in the streets steadfastly refuse to learn English -- however long they have been here -- even going so far as to demand "bilingual education" programs in American, English-speaking schools. These illegals were demanding our "rights." What rights?

Larry Elder

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