“We are Americans!”
This is the title of a feature article published by TIME MAGAZINE (June 25, 2012) describing the drama of 12 million of undocumented immigrants.
This article was written by José António Vargas, a confessed undocumented immigrant, born in the Philippines, who became a reporter for “The Washington Post” and even for “The New York Times”. What should the American legislators do with these 12 million undocumented immigrants?
President Obama has already issued a presidential order that these young people should not be deported. These are smart and courageous individuals that Americans should keep in this country.
Related to this dramatic situation I decided to send a letter to the Editor of TIME MAGAZINE. Here is a copy of my letter to the TIME:
Re “We are Americans” June 25, 2012
I was born in Portugal on September 5th 1926. Because my father was an American Citizen before I was born I came to USA with Portuguese and American passports. Forty four days after I arrived in Brooklyn, N.Y. I was called to be examined by the Armed Forces. I passed the physical but I flunk the written exam because I did not know English at that time and my draft card was stamped with two capital letters MD meaning Mental Deficient. But with hard work and perseverance in eleven years I changed MD meaning Mental Deficient into MD meaning Medical Doctor!
The 12 million undocumented immigrants living in USA love this country more than many more millions of Americans born here. They study very hard because they do not want to miss the opportunity that exists in this nation. I tell my two sons that I love America more than they do. I am here by my choice. They were born here, they had no choice.
These undocumented immigrants want to succeed in this country and they are true examples of those who want to attain the American Dream and continue to make this country so great!
Manuel Luciano da Silva, M. D.
PS -- I gave the Editor my e-mail, my website and my telephone number.