Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

Hardworking immigrants should not be deported back to their country. As a Hispanic whose parents were not born in the U.S, it is not easy knowing that any family members can be deported at any time. "Dreamers" are here to go to school and become educated citizens, and other immigrants are mostly here to work. Immigrants come to the United States for many reasons. For example, immigrants come to escape poverty, for education, to live in freedom and have better lives. Why should a person not be allowed to live in a free country like the United States?

Many undocumented immigrants own a home, pay for Medicare and pay into Social Security and other taxes. They pay a higher share of their income, so they actually help the economy and the country, instead of harming it. If all the immigrants that are currently in the U.S were deported, the economy could lose billions of dollars each year. The United States is a diverse country and immigrants should not be deported.

Mashlin Villanueva

Salt Lake City