Letters to the Editor

We’re refugees, not immigrants

We Californians on the island are not immigrants as much as we are refugees. Nor are we illegal. It takes proper papers to cross a border to a foreign country, but a citizen can pass freely between the states. If you were born in this country, you are not an immigrant, but a citizen. Most of us are citizens, born of citizens, several generations back.

Yes, California was part of Mexico, but there was a war and Mexico lost. The United States made a treaty with Mexico in 1848 called The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, that gave all the Mexicans the right to stay in this country and become American citizens or go to Mexico to become Mexican citizens.

We then paid Mexico $15 million, which is a better deal than the Indians got for Manhattan, when they traded for a string of beads.

J.F. McCollum


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