Council member Daniel Dromm's Guest Op-Ed column in your 12/2/2010 issue has me wondering what country I live in and and how disingenuous an elected official can be.
What did the Council member have in mind when he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, the laws of the State of New York and the Charter of the City of New York? Did he not understand that it is his duty and responsibility to support our laws and not foster anarchism?
Even if we assume he has become somewhat Euro-centric in his thinking, what country allows non-citizens to vote? Has he tried to vote in Mexico recently?
Or is it that he is just pandering to a segment of his constituency?
How many of those "one in five adult New York City residents" he speaks of are in this country legally? If he is truly concerned for the well being of "65 percent of the residents" in his District who are immigrants, he would be helping them to attain citizenship , legally, so that they would "have a voice in decisions that directly impact their daily lives."
My grandparents all emigrated to this great nation, with one, unified goal in mind, to become American citizens. Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws and we must all live by them and uphold them, even if we are elected officials who think it is proper to disregard the laws of our nation.
Vincent Arcuri, Jr.