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I commend Kellar for speaking out

Posted: February 15, 2010 6:38 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
I commend City Councilman Bob Kellar for bravely speaking about illegal immigration. American life as we know it could soon end under the burden of illegal immigration.  

Although many say immigration is a federal issue, its effects are felt primarily at the local level. Kellar understands illegal immigration is ruining the very fabric of our culture, bankrupting our economy and eroding the moral fiber of our community.  

There isn’t a more compassionate community than Santa Clarita. However, our health care system is at its breaking point, the safety of our community is at risk and the quality of our children’s education is diminishing.  

If teachers spend large amounts of time helping ESL students and administrators cannot stretch the budget far enough to cover the additional costs of educating illegal immigrants, then our kids can’t obtain the high-quality education California students once received.

Am I willing to sacrifice our children’s education for that of illegal immigrants? Am I willing to bankrupt our economy supplying welfare and health care to illegal immigrants? Will I sit quietly as I hear about women being raped and people like sheriff’s Deputy David March being brutally murdered by illegal immigrants?  

Absolutely not. Neither should any other American citizen.  

The bottom line here is illegal immigrants are depleting our tax dollars by overrunning our schools, our hospitals and our welfare system. Let’s not allow people to use sugar-coated terms like “migrant,” “undocumented” or, as Councilman Frank Ferry says, “the disenfranchised.”

They are illegal, which means prohibited, dishonest, criminal, illegitimate or banned. Should they be welcomed into our community or our country?

Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  

Bob Kellar spoke out about illegal immigration and I thank him because too many people remain silent about something that matters so very much.


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