Immigration Nation

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 17, 2009

Dear Editor,
    As we celebrate this national Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important to remember that America must secure its borders from illegal immigrants. Texas has already learned the consequences that unchecked illegal immigration can have on its system of government. In the years leading up to the Texas fight for independence, thousands of illegal white immigrants flooded into Texas. Albert Sidney Johnston, for whom the school in Austin’s predominantly minority community is named after, was an illegal immigrant. As documented in Johnston’s biography by Charles Roland, the general came to Texas with his slaves. The Mexican and Texan governments at the time outlawed slavery. Johnston hid evidence of slavery by listing the slaves as livestock along with his pigs and horses. Of course, at the time it was common practice to list and treat slaves as mere livestock. Other notable illegal immigrants include Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
    We know full well the kind of influence these illegal immigrants had on Texas. If we do nothing to stop illegal immigration, then some day we might have schools and parks all over Texas named to honor people with Spanish names. A huge wall is the only solution. The histories of China, Communist Germany, and Korea are excellent examples to emulate, for surely we will never hear, “Mr. Obama, tear down this wall.”
Felipe Garza
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