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Choosing U.S. Citizenship

November 19, 2000

In "Small Acts, Big Rebellion" (by Karla Perez-Villalta, Oct. 22), the author readily acknowledges a dislike for this country and her intent to do all she can to change it. What price are we paying in the name of uncontrolled and indiscriminate immigration? Immigrants who feel no allegiance to this country, and who have no wish to assimilate into our society, should not come here.

Myrla Mapel

Yorba Linda

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If only there were an immigration quota on Che Guevara wannabes. That way we might let in more computer programmers and fewer of these betrayed-by-the-masses lefties, who come here to sulk when their revolution gets shown the door by their fellow countrymen. The fact that the Sandinistas were evicted via the ballot box is an irony seemingly lost on Perez-Villalta.

Susan Self

Los Angeles

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Unlike Perez-Villalta, I applied for citizenship the first day I became eligible. The country I was born and raised in was never anything but a sad and unfortunate geography that I got saddled with by birth. I felt nothing for South Africa and its offensive politics, and I couldn't wait to leave and come to America. I felt spiritually reborn here. Maybe it's because America represents freedom. Whatever the attraction, it felt right. And I chose it.

Wayne Kramer

Los Angeles

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