In a recent letter to the editor ("Heartlessness abounds," Sept. 16) the writer seems to bemoan what he perceives as heartlessness towards illegal immigrants.

The key word here is "illegal." There are millions of people who immigrated from other countries and went through the citizenship process who are now U.S. citizens -- paying taxes and enjoying the benefits of citizenship legally.

If the letter writer is a citizen or at least a resident alien, he should be a bit miffed at all of those who are here illegally, many probably being paid under the table, not paying taxes, drawing Social Security, etc. It is not heartlessness; rather it is people concerned about people entering our country illegally and not contributing. Yes, many of them are doing jobs that Americans won't, but why not become a citizen if you are going to live here? Would this happen if we lived in Mexico?