Pioneer Press Jan. 26, 2006
Migrants need to obey laws
The Jan. 15 letter that described the horrors of prosecuting the “simple possession of improper documents” by “undocumented immigrants” brought tears to my eyes (“Let Minnesota’s immigrants earn legal status”). I must have grown up when the forging of federal documents was a criminal offense. Many of my peers would have loved to have been able to use “improper documents” to purchase liquor and cigarettes when we were teenagers. I wish we’d known that false, forged IDs were only “improper” documents and were not illegal.
I guess the l! etter writer feels that criminal possession of forged documents is acceptable, because the immigrants using these documents are fleeing oppression to be able to work in Minnesota as roofers for a little more than minimum wage.