2008-09-26 / Letters

Sorry You Are Embittered

Dear Editor,

In my previous letter, I stated any and all illegals, I never stated race, color or religion. Apparently you have a problem with this. I said that if any illegals not documented, on a visa, in school or work, should not be in America. They are costing the United States more money. Many of these people the countries pay is law and so is their cost of living. Oh yes, my ancestors (1926 from Dublin, Ireland) Edward Keegan, first came on a work visa after years of waiting like anyone else, for the great opportunity to come here legally. He worked three years, and then went back to Dublin for my grandmother, Mary Ellen (nee Budly) and my uncle Edward Keegan from the Catskills who is alive and my aunt Maureen who regretfully is deceased. I do have the passport to prove this. Three children were left with great-grandma and pa Buckley in Dublin.

This was not easy to do, take two and leave three, but it was all legal. Their hard work and sacrifice to do things the American way was truly blessed. They spoke primarily Gaelic and thought it was an honor to raise 16 children, 15 girls and one boy, American. He also opened and owned, with his brother Joseph, a hardware store in Manhattan, Keegans & Keegans. And as you seem to know it was no easy task for the Irish back then! But they could hold their heads high as do all their descendants of America. I am so terribly sorry; someone thinks I'm picking on one group. Not at all, anyone illegal in our country doesn't belong here.

Our vast, large family is of many cultures, Irish, Italian, Polish, Jewish and Indian. That's why in your letter, you don't know what you're talking about concerning me and my "word" said. In fact my oldest daughter, a sophomore of Nyack College in New Rochelle, is engaged to a French young man for more than one year now, who is here on a work visa, legally. So Joan Campbell you really sound angry and embittered, it isn't me!

COLLEEN DOCHERTY

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