Lee Cuesta

Lee Cuesta

Thursday, May 18, 2006

“legal or illegal, it doesn’t matter”

Dear Lee: The freedom and prosperity all immigrants are seeking is undermined by the attitude expressed by Melanie Lugo “legal or illegal, it doesn’t matter,” (Million march for immigration reform, Tues., May 2, 2006). Her comment epitomizes the attitude that daily disrupts the fabric of Mexican culture in Mexico and which these illegal aliens wish to now impose on the United States. As a U.S. citizen I lived legally in Mexico for a many years. During that time I and my Mexican national friends were periodically victimized by the corrupt Mexican police officers prowling the streets, and the corrupt local and federal government workers extorting their fellow man because their attitude is “ 'legal or illegal, it doesn’t matter;' I need to provide for my family”. Isn’t this the very philosophy of the illegal aliens residing in our country? I am passionately calling for our country to reject this attitude so that all legitimate immigrants will find the freedom that they are seeking which ultimately depends upon “legal does matter”. Judy from Colorado

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LEE CUESTA, a journalist who worked in Mexico City, has written about the complexities in Chiapas for a decade, acquiring firsthand experience in both Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas. As a fully bilingual writer, the author has been published in periodicals such as Northwest, Eternity, World Pulse, Indian Life, Interlit, Prisma, El Faro and Apuntes Pastorales. The articles receive international response. In addition, Cuesta is the author of the novel entitled Once: Once, about religious intolerance and an independence movement in Chiapas, along with a conspiracy to recapture territory that once belonged to Mexico. In it, he combines the skills of a storyteller and investigative reporter to penetrate the historical, social and spiritual dimensions of this convincing tale. It provides a rare and stunning glimpse into the elements that render neighboring cultures so incompatible.

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