No wards or crim­i­nals need ap­ply

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The rule that new im­mi­grants not re­ceive pub­lic wel­fare is rea­son­able.

The writer en­tered Amer­ica in 1957 by ship as an im­mi­grant. Be­fore re­ceiv­ing im­mi­gra­tion visas af­ter a seven-year wait, we were asked: “Will you prom­ise to not be­come a pub­lic ward or carry weapons?” Break­ing the prom­ise meant im­me­di­ate re­turn to the coun­try of ori­gin. My mother had to wait for a year to prove the “shadow” in her lung was sta­ble.

All my fel­low ship­mates were pound­ing the streets within a day look­ing for jobs, the moth­ers prepar­ing food for their fam­i­lies, and all con­tin­ued to learn English.

Within a year, I was serv­ing in the United States Army, but ac­cepted an M1 Ri­fle only af­ter be­ing as­sured that it was OK in uni­form.

It is rea­son­able not to im­port wel­fare re­cip­i­ents or crim­i­nals who are the wards of other coun­tries.

– Andre N. Min­uth, Fresno

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