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As a PSU alum, I'd like to publicly thank Dr. Wiewel for representing the university so well, particularly in the face of the misrepresentations, bluster, and thinly-veiled racism demonstrated by Mr. Ludwick (and echoed in some of the comments above).
Citizenship is an accident of birth. Many of us who happened to be born in the US would fail the tests that come with the process of changing citizenship to become an American - which in itself is a sad commentary on the state of our educational system. Whatever one's views on illegal immigration, HB 2939, etc, it is important to have compassion for the young people caught in the midst of this political and social debate. Many of us have had struggles to contend with in our own lives - can we not respect the effort being made by others as they struggle with different circumstances?
Personally, I support HB 2939 and federal legislation that sensibly addresses ways to put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship while also achieving a straightforward system for future migrants to legally enter the country.
I respect that others have different views, and am more than happy to discuss them in a civil, reasoned fashion - for instance, I appreciated the respectful way Mr. Friedman argued his case. But the prejudice, anger, and lack of respect on display whenever these issues are raised is disheartening and counterproductive.
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