Letter: Congratulations to our newest citizens

I was extremely happy to read the article of our new U.S. citizens. Due to hard work and dedication, and more importantly, following the laws, rules and regulations, the 74 immigrants have become citizens of the great country of the United States of America. They have the rights to most of the benefits, bonuses and incentives citizens of this country are entitled to. Granted, paying taxes and other things to live here are not always fun, but it is the law and is necessary and is the responsibility of the citizens of the country they legally live in.

As for those who move or live here illegally and abuse the laws, they should look at these 74 citizens and follow their example. I know that the United States is the melting pot for the world and I agree in that aspect. I have no problem with that whatsoever. However, follow the rules and laws and become a legal citizen. It is a long process, but it is the correct and legal choice. Moving here and then living here and not trying to become a citizen is wrong and illegal.

Congratulations again to the newest citizens of the United States of America and thank you for doing it legally. Enjoy this wonderful country and everything it has to offer.

Mike Schmid

Cedar Rapids

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