Thursday, July 22, 2010

The DREAM of getting 'something for nothing' | country, rivera, become - Opinion - The Orange County Register

The DREAM of getting 'something for nothing' country, rivera, become - Opinion - The Orange County Register

I can't find sympathy for Antonia Rivera no matter how I try ["UCI grad arrested in D.C. protest," Front Page, July 21]. She and her family have had 22 years to sort out and apply for citizenship, yet she resorts to protesting to get amnesty. It took 15 years for an Italian immigrant I knew to get citizenship. Why should she get amnesty?

I am sure that the U.S. taxpayers paid for her public school education but I am not sure who paid for her college education. The fact remains that she occupied a desk in schools that were intended to be filled by a U.S. citizen. This country simply cannot afford to educate each and every kid from every country on this Earth. If she got a scholarship for her college education she, again, took away a chance of a free education for a U.S. citizen. There are probably a lot of people who worked full time and attended college at night paying all their own costs who cannot find a job. Antonia Rivera is not alone as far as employment goes.

All the "Dream Act" will do is get them something for nothing, which unfortunately has become the norm in our country. Why work for something when I can protest and have it given to me?

Hopefully the U.S. immigration service will do its job and deport Ms. Rivera as soon as is practical.

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