Cathy Young: Let Illegal Immigrants Come Out of the Shadows

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Amidst predictably partisan reactions to President Obama's recent executive order offering five million illegal immigrants a reprieve from deportation, some critics have denounced it as a special affront to immigrants who played by the rules to come to this country. So, as one of those legal immigrants—her family came to America from the Soviet Union in 1980—Cathy Young says that illegal immigrants do not offend her. Like some two-thirds of Americans, she believes that if they have committed no crimes while living in the United States, they should be granted the option to stay here legally and, in the President's words, "come out of the shadows."

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