Appalled and Confused at Demonstrations

RECEIVED Tue., May 16, 2006

Dear Editor,
    This past April, in Dallas, I witnessed the immigration protest in the streets downtown. Coming from Hispanic decent on my mother's side, I was appalled and confused at the sight of hundreds of teenagers protesting in the streets and waving the Mexican flag and posters with statements such as "Viva Mexico" and "Mexicans deserve a chance to” (that is not a typo, that is the correct quotation).
    Illegal teenage immigrants, whose special Hispanic classes my tax dollars pay for, had skipped school to carry around signs that said "Viva Mexico."
    After reading the Chronicle's article [“Immigrants Flex Muscle,” News, May 5] and seeing that the protesting had continued, I was appalled. What about "Viva America" for giving you medical care when it was not earned? Or a job without a Social Security number?
    Many U.S citizens have no understanding as to why, for so long, the government looked the other way when it came to illegal immigration. And now that the government wants to take action to fix the ongoing problem, the immigrants decide to flex their freedom-of-speech muscle.
    Last time I checked, U.S. citizens have freedom of speech and protest. And, I wonder if it ever occurred to one single illegal immigrant protester to look into getting their green card instead of forming unions? They want to live the "American Dream"? Well, a part of that dream takes ambition.
Jacklyn Hinojosa Villacci
Dallas
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