Federal policies: How immigration has changed
July 3, 2008 · Updated 9:57 PM
Illegal aliens are here illegaly. Many are tied to crime and gangs and not deported. Why? I understand how immigrants shaped our country 100 years ago, but that cannot be compared to today's immigrant population. In the early 1900's there was no welfare state. The Europeans and other immigrants came here to work for a better life while greatly contributing to the growth of the nation. Our tax dollars did not pay for welfare moms and criminals. Immigrants had to mix in with the local communities and learn the culture and language. This was a benefit to all involved parties. The money they earned was saved to someday buy a house or a car or an education. Today they send their earnings back to their homeland. Those days immigrants came to give. Today's immigrants come here to take. Illegal means illegal and it is time to send the law-breakers home and start from square one.