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No licenses for illegal immigrants

7:30 AM EDT, April 2, 2013

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I consider it a privilege and a deep honor to have been born a United States citizen. As I see it, the figurative line of demarcation, if you will, between a legal citizen and an illegal one has been blurred so much, it's tough to discern the rights of one from another. And that's not only wrong, it is inexcusable.

I am all for the "melting pot" concept as we forge ahead as a nation rife with illegal immigrant problems. We welcome people from all cultures, religions and social status, as long as those people are willing to become citizens. It is what differentiates the U.S. from many other nations.

To apply for citizenship is a responsibility. Those who illegally enter our country and do not care nor choose citizenship should absolutely not be given similar rights and privileges. What does this say for those who choose to apply for U.S. citizenship, have taken the responsibility to do everything "by the book?" Not much, I believe.

Driver's licenses for illegals? As the late Ron Smith used to say, we are surely living in "Absurdistan."

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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