The “I Am ‘Us’ Too” letter published Jan. 14 is interesting because the author read something into my Jan. 11 letter that was not there. We are a nation of immigrants (immigrants come here legally; all others are illegal aliens). “E pluribus unum” (Latin for “out of many, one”) is our national motto.

Our unique American culture is that “unum," and to be part of our culture, immigrants must: recognize and accept that our country is based on Judeo-Christian values and the rule of law; leave their native culture behind (it becomes their heritage); assimilate into our society; learn and use our common language (English); become loyal, patriotic, law-abiding, independent, self-supporting and productive citizens; and proudly recite our Pledge of Allegiance.

We should welcome immigrants even if they are “not like us” provided that they want to be “just like us” and join our American culture. Simply put, immigrants should want to be Americans in the fullest sense of the word and must accept the country that accepts them. This is a pretty good formula because in just 241 years our American culture has created mankind’s freest, greatest, most powerful, richest, most creative and most generous country ever.

Millions of Americans have fought and died to protect and preserve that “unum," and I just don’t think they made those sacrifices so that our “unum” could be destroyed by runaway illegal immigration that is being pushed by dishonest politicians.

— Wilbur W. Wells, Tehachapi