Re "Obama's 'path to citizenship' littered with deportees" (Viewpoints, Feb. 3): Ruben Navarrette's logic is flawed. He implies that nation-states and their fundamental characteristics are no longer relevant. He doesn't acknowledge a distinction between legal and illegal immigration. If one crosses borders for whatever reason, it's okay with him as long as they are presumed to be hard-working. Then, give those folks who decided to cross illegally or overstay a visa a path to citizenship since, after all, they're here already and aren't in prison for something TRULY illegal.
Since I've been unemployed for a year, Navarrette might counsel me to find greener pastures in Canada or perhaps Australia and go, stay, work, buy real estate, expect the public sector to educate my children and give me all manner of public services -- even though that nation never approved of my entry and long-term presence. controls for all?
-- Gregory Ptucha, Sacramento