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Defending undocumented people from Arizona-type immigration laws

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Published: May 9, 2012

In response to Gene Lenzmeier (Your Views, April 30): Undocumented people in this country aren't capable of securing a Social Security number to access social services. They don't use hospitals and medical facilities as frequently as legal citizens, for fear of being discovered. They fly under the radar when it comes to most social and economic services provided to citizens. Most are hardworking residents who frequent shopping centers, grocery stores and other businesses. They pay sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes and get far less for those taxes than do legal citizens of this country. They work jobs that most Americans won't do.

What would be most beneficial to everyone is to grant the children who came here on the coattails of their parents a path to citizenship so they can become productive members of American society. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber believes immigration policy should be set by the federal government and supports comprehensive reform at that level. The chamber also doesn't support legislation that will lead to racial profiling and believes that all students graduating from Oklahoma high schools should qualify for state-supported aid or pay in-state tuition.

Michael Bounds, Yukon

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