Re: your March 11 editorial, â€œGallegly will be hard to replaceâ€?:
I was impressed by your editorial praising U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly's record, particularly as you have published one or two negative articles in the past.
Rep. Gallegly will indeed be difficult to replace because he is a true representative of his constituents. He has been vilified in the past for his policy on illegal immigrants by people who were misinformed or did not wish to be enlightened as to his stance on this issue. Far from being against immigrants, he was a champion of those who wished to come to this country through legal channels, especially those who hoped to make a positive contribution to whatever community they settled in. It was, and still is, illegal immigrants he so vociferously opposes.
I can personally testify to the help Rep. Gallegly and his office have given to many foreign nationals who have taken the legal route to becoming U.S. citizens. My wife came from Russia, and it was two years before she was finally granted a green card and another three years before she was sworn in as a citizen of the United States. Had it not been for all the assistance from Rep. Gallegly's office, I am quite certain that we would still be petitioning the office of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.
Although Rep. Gallegly is a loyal member of the Republican Party, he is nobody's â€œpatsy.â€? Like Sen. John McCain, Rep. Gallegly has gone toe-to-toe with the current administration when he felt they were wrong.
Yes, it will be very difficult to find someone of his integrity and honesty to replace him. I thank Rep. Gallegly, and I know I join thousands of his constituents in wishing him a full and rapid recovery from whatever ailment the doctors have diagnosed.
- Gerry Robinson, Camarillo