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Letters: Changing attitudes about immigration

Published: Monday, July 8 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

After reading the letter on immigration published on the Fourth of July, I immediately thought of my grandparents ("Immigration reform," July 4). Both sets came from Finland in the early 1900s. They followed the entrance regulations, were sponsored by relatives or friends and settled in those areas.

They quickly found jobs to get themselves on their own feet financially, which was not an easy task. However, they persevered and lived in the United States the rest of their lives.

Immigrants can find living in the U.S. a lot better than from where many of them come. However, I can't help but think that they immediately assume this country will provide everything at all times. That is not quite true, for we need to sustain citizens that already live here.

Perhaps a change in mental attitudes would, and could, accomplish a lot more for a lot of people.

Marilyn Pike

Salt Lake City

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