As first-generation immigrants, my parents didn’t have any welfare when they came to this country from Canada. The Canadians here would help each other out and take care of themselves. They put their children in parochial schools – sponsored by the church and paid for by the parents – although they paid taxes to the state and had to support public schools.

If immigrants come to this country, they should not depend on taxpayers to pay for their support. They should have sponsors, unless they’re here for political amnesty.

It’s up to the church, not the state to help people out. They say they want freedom of religion, but it’s more like freedom from religion. They took prayer out of schools, and where are we today?

It’s time to get on our knees and educate our children properly and get back to the Ten Commandments.

Since French Canadians first immigrated to Maine at the turn of the 20th century, we’ve done very well, in spite of the prejudice that was shown to us by our 54th governor, Owen Brewster, in the 1920s, when he tried to drive us out with the help of the Ku Klux Klan.

Lucille Lachance