Originally created 04/24/04

Aiken teenager should not be deported



Since I first read about Griselda Lopez's story in the paper, it has bothered me deeply. For the life of me, I cannot understand how the U.S. government can possibly harbor the thought of sending children back to any country they (the children) know nothing about.

Regardless of how they arrived here, they were children and had no say as to where they would live. Griselda was only 2 years old. She has lived in this country for 13 years. She has no family in Mexico. She is an honor student at Silver Bluff High School and a typical American girl. In my estimation, she is an American.

Today, in my mail, I received a personal thank-you from Griselda for making a donation to her defense fund. It wasn't much, but that isn't the point. The point is that she took the time to sit down and write it. To me, that speaks volumes about her character and her upbringing. Do we as a nation really want to lose a young lady of that caliber? I, for one, don't.

Joan Kennedy, Grovetown