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Immigration rules

I agree with one statement Rep. Xavier Becerra makes in his opposing view "Immigrants deserve path to citizenship."

He writes, "America forged its identity on the promise that opportunity comes to those who work hard, play by the rules and contribute their fair share." In this statement, I would submit that the majority of Americans have no dispute. For full disclosure, my grandfather came through Ellis Island in 1906 from Slovakia, in order to contribute his fair share.

Where Becerra and others who support today's immigration movement are wrong is in using the phrase "play by the rules." My grandfather did play by the rules and was rewarded. But those who willfully defy the rules of law should not be rewarded. They should not be granted an in-state tuition bill, have access to government subsidies or be allowed to vote. They certainly should not be granted a path to citizenship in their current status. I warmly welcome any immigrant who chooses to follow existing immigration laws and enter this country legally. I most assuredly cannot for those who do not "play by the rules."

Jonathan S. Vargo; Waterford, N.Y.

Newtown victims

I'm sorry I can't feel that Adam Lanza's mom is also a victim of the Newtown shooting ("Nancy Lanza was a victim, too: Column"). At best, she was a pitiful fool by taking her anti-social son with a mental illness to the gun range and encouraging his interest in guns.

She apparently bought the gun lobby memes that the government is going take her guns and that having guns would guarantee her personal safety. If the government had taken her guns, she'd have been better off.

Larry Schultz; Springville, N.Y.

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