Shame that some people have to hate others to feel good about themselves. Dan Rodricks' recent column on immigrants ("Illegal immigrants: We detest them — and need them," June 30) has raised a good point.

In the last century it was Italians, Irish and Jews, who were demonized and, of course, African-Americans who still suffer abuse today, then gays and now illegal immigrants. As long as immigrants are law-abiding, work hard and pay taxes, I say they are entitled to basic rights and services.

Their citizenship status is none of my affair. It is the concern of immigration authorities.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore