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If Rosanna Pulido has a voice in Illinois ["Kick 'Em Out and Keep 'Em Out," March 10], it's my turn. I am enraged in the first place that Rosanna Pulido assumes that she is allowed to speak on behalf of the people of the United States. She has said that illegal immigrants do not have a voice in the U.S., and she is not allowed to speak on my behalf if I have not given my permission. In fact, if I did not vote for President Bush he is not allowed to speak on my behalf.

I am a U.S. citizen, and my six-year-old daughter is a U.S. citizen. Because my husband is not, my little girl does not have a father. I do not have the right, as a U.S. citizen, to marry someone from another country if it is an impoverished country and to live together as a family here in my country. Because at this time the U.S. has an elite system of choosing who we want in this country (it didn't always), the current government and people like the Minutemen are making my choices for me.

We will not go away. I, for one, will fight this system of racism and economic elitism that is spurring hatred and ignorance against the many millions of immigrants who contribute hard work to our country. In the meantime, do Ms. Pulido, Congressman Sensenbrenner, or President Bush care that my very sad little girl is growing up without her daddy? Or is she not important because she is the product of an "illegal immigrant"? Will anyone hear our story?

Amy Aleman

Albany Park

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