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Letters: Dream Act not just a Democratic ideal

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Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2011 5:30 am

Letter writer Dennis Riswold (July 13) epitomizes those in our society who criticize a situation without having even a basic knowledge of the facts involved in that situation. According to Riswold only "Democrats are proposing" illegal alien students be given a path to citizenship under certain circumstances. He either does not know or chooses to ignore the fact that Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) was an original sponsor of the Dream Act; and his fellow conservative, former Utah Republican Sen. Ben Bennett, also voted in favor of the bill. He is also apparently ignorant of the fact that current Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) as well as the Senate's two independents, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are all co-sponsors of the Dream Act.

Riswold also wonders why these illegal alien students have not made an application for citizenship. You cannot be here illegally and apply for citizenship! One would first have to return to their home country, then apply. Otherwise, what would be the point of immigration laws? And, the chances that that application would be granted are slight.

Finally, the oath of office taken by federal officials, including the president, Cabinet heads, and members of Congress, does not contain any reference to the "rule of law." They do, however, vow to defend the Constitution.

Edward F. Murphy, Mesa

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