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Sun, Dec. 15

Letter: It's time we acknowledge our moral obligations

Editor:

We want and need our illegals, but we want them to be invisible while they pick our produce, clean our homes, work in our yards and restaurants and other businesses that hire them.

We don't want to provide them health insurance or pay them a living wage so they can buy health insurance, because we like getting all their services on the cheap. We also don't want to pay to educate their children, but that's another issue. Because we benefit so much from their cheap labor, we turn a blind eye to the ethical and moral questions raised by our willing participation in a system that keeps them coming to the United States for employment.

When they get sick or need medical services, what are they supposed to do? Without health insurance or a living wage, where do they go for health care? Currently, illegals, like others who are uninsured and without the means to pay, have no option except the emergency room. As President Obama said, access to universal health care IS a moral issue, but we cannot exclude illegal immigrants from the equation. It's time that we acknowledge our moral obligations and pass universal health care for everyone, including illegals. It's the moral thing to do.

Cathey Sigler

Cottonwood

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