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The Minutemen are U.S. patriots

In response to “The actions of Minutemen should concern us all” opinion in The Union earlier this month, I want to present another view.

First, the statements concerning the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps are untrue, as most informed U.S. citizens know,

The writer stated “The Minuteman (Corps) is a right-wing reactionary group, long associated with racism and extremism.”

Wrong. Chris Simcox and the Minutemen are true U.S. patriots. They are doing the job of protecting our borders that our elected government officials have refused to do as required by the U.S. Constitution.

They treat the illegal immigrants very humanly while they are detained, awaiting the Border Patrol Agents arrival to take charge.

I agree that millions of illegal immigrants come to the United States to work and not break our laws. However, by entering our country illegally, they have broken our law.

Understanding their reason for doing so does not negate that they have broken the law and are criminals by definition.

If, as was stated, there are an estimated 12 million illegals living and working in our country, many using stolen social security numbers, they are committing an additional crime.

If a U.S. citizen falsifies their identity, they are charged with identity theft. But if an illegal commits the same crime, it is improper to arrest them. How ludicrous is that? A law breaker of any national origin is a criminal.

The influx of illegal immigration is crippling the economic future of California, as reflected by the billions of dollars expended each year in support of their medical and education needs alone.

The author is right about the statement the “United States of America is a historical melting pot for all immigrants.” However, she fails to recognize the statement only applies to foreign nationals that enter the country legally. There is a difference.

Don Qurnell lives in Grass Valley.

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