A recent writer said the main jobs here should be saved for students to do in the summer instead of given to people who have come from other countries to work. This does not show an understanding of the difference between the two groups.
Immigrants dedicate their lives to working here. They start early, stay as late as needed, learn the skills well, and often, eventually start their own companies, hiring others. They don't have one eye on finishing the summer and going back to school, though some who get the Dream Act will be able to take classes. Doing the best job is their goal. Our island economy is built on their backs. They build and paint our homes, smooth our golf courses, clean our hotels, and serve our meals. They don't leave jobs to go elsewhere. They stay to do them better every year. They and their children, along with our children, are permanent parts of our community.
Fran B. Reed
Hilton Head Island