I strongly support full human rights for all immigrants.

Many immigrants flee here from war, persecution and severe poverty caused largely by the United States. Since 1950 the U.S. government under both Republican and Democratic presidents has overthrown multiple governments — many of them democracies, has bombed about 30 countries and has murdered millions of people. The U.S. government routinely and deliberately sides with the filthy rich to rob and oppress the poor. Many immigrants would prefer to stay in their native countries if living conditions there greatly improved.

The U.S. invaded Mexico in 1848 and murdered many people. The U.S. stole from Mexico most of what is now the U.S. Southwest, including New Mexico. Later U.S. President Ulysses Grant said the Mexican-American War was “one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger nation against a weaker nation.”

No human being is illegal! All immigrants are our sisters and brothers. I write in memory of Jose — an immigrant from Mexico, with whom I was in love years ago.

I thank and compliment those six members of the city council who supported the April 16 resolution to commit Albuquerque to be a welcoming, safe place for refugees and undocumented immigrants.

Don Schrader