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New U.S. citizens participate in a naturalization ceremony in New York on Aug. 23, 2013.
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To the editor: Thirty-six years ago, my departure from my home country to come to the United States was delayed because I had to wait for my brother to file an “affidavit of support.” In other words, before I could legally immigrate, someone in the United States had to show I would not be a public charge before I could stand on my own two feet.

The reason for this is that the U.S. doesn’t want new arrivals to be a burden on taxpayers. This was government policy before I came to this great country, and it should have been vigorously enforced all along.

At least the Trump administration is trying to do it now.

Ed Trillo, South Gate


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