Re "Bipartisan Senate plan emerges on immigration" (Page A1, Jan. 28): I read the articles regarding the creation of a path for immigrants to become American citizens. They made me reflect on my childhood visits to my uncle's ranch in Salinas Valley. Dad would take me to the barrack-like housing where the farm workers lived. Their lodging was adjacent to the fields where they toiled many hours in the hot sun, picking heads of lettuce or artichoke bulbs.
I flashed back to my college days and the paper I wrote on Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of Harlem. In one particular poem he stated, "We built your world old white man, and in the building it became ours, too." I believe those who help bring food to our tables should be invited and encouraged to partake in the fruits of our land.
However, the Mexican government should allow our citizens equal rights and privileges in their beautiful, resource-rich country.
-- Natalie Hartman Whitnack, Fair Oaks
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