Enough, Democrats! Dreamers can’t wait for a perfect immigration law.

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Opinion // Letters to the Editor


Jesus Contreras, a Houston-area paramedic, poses for a portrait as he is reflected in a cover of People en Español magazine Sunday, June 13, 2021, at his apartment in Houston. Contreras was pictured on the cover of the November 2017 issue. “We’re only scratching the surface with this one person here,” he said of himself. “That’s just the surface of what the whole immigrant community is.”

Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle/Team Photographer

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Regarding “Editorial: Ten years later, why are the Dreamers still in purgatory? (June 18): Thank you for the editorial on the plight of the “Dreamers”. Both parties and even former President Trump claim to want a path to citizenship for this group, but both parties want to add conditions that the other party refuses to accept: Republicans want a border wall and Democrats want a complete immigration package. Sufficient. The Democratic-controlled House should simply send the Senate a clean bill offering a path to citizenship for Dreamers and the Senate should pass it. It’s not what either side wants, but at least it solves a problem.

I know three Dreamers very well – exceptional boys who have been in this country for 10 years. One graduated with honors from Texas A&M and works in a science lab; the second is a Texas State graduate and teaches English at a prestigious Plano-area high school, and the third works while attending UH. Because they are not citizens, they have been deprived of many opportunities that others have. While I agree that we need to address many aspects of immigration, the Dreamers should be granted a path to citizenship in the meantime.

Sarah Frates, Houston

Out of sight, out of mind

Regarding “Some Clinics Halt Abortions While Preparing For Roe’s Downfall” (June 16): I wonder how many people will read this article in the Chronicle, the three inches of print space it took up and located on page A4, which included the abortion rate increase from 2017 to 2020. Our culture reacts with horror, as it should, to the deaths at the Uvalde school, but I dare say this letter will probably be the alone reacting to the 930,000 abortions recorded for 2020. I guess the difference is that one situation is easily visible while the other is out of sight. It terrifies me that my culture would consider this practice acceptable – and we have been doing it now for 60 years. Shame on us.

Earl Layton, Houston

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