Amid the recent controversy caused by Arizona's immigration law, it is nice to come across Melanie Hicken's July 16 article, "Americans at last," and read a story with positive connections to immigration.
While I am staunchly against provisions of Arizona 's law that permit race and color as discerning factors for detaining potential illegal immigrants, I do agree with its intent: the prevention of unlawful entry into the U.S.
It is great, therefore, to hear that more than 100,000 people lawfully became citizens in California last year. Hearing this statistic, as well as the personal accounts of newly naturalized citizens, such as Edgar Torosyan and Irvins Gourgue, remind us that many immigrants do assume the proper measures to become legal residents. Moreover, in Gourgue's case, as a six-year U.S. Navy man, they also aid in advancing our nation's success.