In a country of exacerbated nationalism and xenophobic attitudes, I was pleased to find an article yesterday in my local paper of the true portrait of incoming immigrants. The researchers' report analyzed a range of data -- from U.S. Census Bureau information to schools statistics -- to paint a portrait of the foreign-born community in our multi-state area. The study found immigrants to be better educated, on average, than people born locally, with nearly half of those from Asia and Pacific island nations holding four-year college degrees. Even among the least-educated immigrant groups, the gap is narrow. About 17 percent of those from Latin America and the Caribbean are college graduates, compared with 19 percent of native-born citizens. These findings should negate one common misconceptions: the belief that the immigrant population is not educated. The largest problem for immigrants isn't education, but difficulty entering the country and work restrictions. I highly admire those that have the courage to leave their country and their language to come to the US and a new world. Must we play king of the hill? The majority of us are immigrants afterall. Now we are saying, "Hey, this is ours. You can't come in." It's absurd. All the politicians pushing to build Berlin walls, it's senseless. There needs to be a reasonably easy path for any immigrant with needed skills to become a citizen. By that standard, most immigrants are more deserving to be a citizen than the local area population. Let them have visas, let them work, let them pay taxes, then let them become integrated within the system that we have. People complain we have 20 million undocumented workers now? That's 20 million productive workers we would be without if they weren't here. Let them work. They came here to contribute. Why not give them a chance to pay their dues? These people need work permits and a quick road to citizenship, not impeding road blocks. Birthright should not be what is most valued in our country.