Dollars earned in U.S. by many immigrants stay right here [Letter]

January 22, 2014

Deportation is defined as being the expulsion of an undesirable alien from a country. The topic Mr. McPeek (Letters, Jan. 2) referenced is correctly referred to as "remittance." Legal and undocumented immigrants already pay "fees" via the taxes and fees associated with these remittances, not to mention the fees paid for calling cards, Internet access (for Skype-type communication), and text message sent to family and friends overseas. These so-called deported monies are used to purchase products, services, and to support local infrastructure.

The millions of dollars linked with remittances are in turn linked to real jobs, often minimum wage jobs, jobs that are at the low end of the wage scale, both here in the United States and overseas. The very workers you reference do support local eateries whose entree prices are on par with those elsewhere, while paying rent, purchasing cars and shopping at Costco.

Hundreds of Laurel business owners and their staff understand that though the language of business is English, that of commerce increasingly is Spanish.

Other countries require immigrants to learn and become fluent in the host country's language while emphasizing the importance of their own natural-born citizens becoming functional speaking a second language.

Stephen Jackson

Laurel

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