Mistick & immigration I

| Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Joseph Sabino Mistick is undoubtedly a bright man. As a lawyer, he must, of necessity, have an excellent memory. His column “Boston bombing no excuse for stalling immigration reform” (April 28 and TribLIVE.com) has a fatal flaw.

He stated Luigi Sabino arrived from Italy in about 1900 and made his way to Braddock, looking for work. Likely, he landed at Ellis Island and was documented as he entered the United States. Equally likely, he became a naturalized citizen, because that is what immigrants did in those days.

Mr. Mistick stated that “a path to citizenship for millions of good people” should not be “slowed because of the acts of two cowards in Boston.” My quarrel with him is not about slowing the path to citizenship, per se; rather, I am shocked that he believes that millions of people, most of whom entered the U.S. illegally, are good people. Like so many on the left, he has conveniently forgotten or dismissed the fact that these “good” people have broken our laws.

Maybe his memory is not faulty. Perhaps the lure of millions of new Democrat voters clouds his judgment. Luigi Sabino did it right, these “good” people did not, yet he wants to reward them with a path to citizenship — and sooner rather than later.

David Maniago

Ligonier Township

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