Stockton astronaut Jose Hernandez has proclaimed that all illegal Mexican immigrants should be given U.S. citizenship.
I wonder if he would feel the same if the shoe were on the other foot? I think not.
Illegal immigrants sneak into our country like thieves in the night and seem to feel that just because they are on American soil that they automatically should be given all the rights and privileges as those of us who were born here.
If they come here and want to become citizens, then it should be done through legal channels by applying for citizenship, taking the classes and learning our language and our customs.
The likes of those like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and others say they are cheap labor. I say hogwash!
There is nothing cheap about taking $25,000 in tax dollars for each one of them for health care.
If Mr. Hernandez really wants to do something, he should strive to correct the one-sided government that exists in Mexico. Strive to eliminate the corruption and graft and make living conditions better in his own country so there would be no need to come here — except to vacation.
Currently, there are two classes of people in Mexico — the very rich and the very poor, and the very rich strive to keep the very poor just that way.
• Editor’s note: Jose Hernandez is a NASA astronaut who was born in French Camp and calls Stockton home. He returned Sept. 11 from a 14-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery.