I was deeply disturbed by Rush Limbaugh’s comments in the April 19 news article “With support for immigration overhaul, Rubio faces a right-wing backlash.” Mr. Limbaugh’s criticism of the Senate proposal, saying that it will simply increase the number of Democrats in our country, was shortsighted and missed the point.

The need to create a citizenship path for illegal immigrants is not based on creating more Democrats or Republicans; it is about allowing millions of people to become fully contributing members of our society. The United States is a mixing bowl of cultures that provides justice and liberty to all. Creating comprehensive and attainable citizenship steps for residents of this country is a basic need for any democracy to operate properly.

Maria Hoover, Falls Church