Editor: There were two letters in July 5 issue of your newspaper that prompted me to write today.
One was a letter full of hate from Skip Cranshaw, who took umbrage at Randy Ihara’s letter to the editor where he decried President Trumps’ Zero Tolerance” policy. The other was from Jacob Leonard who wrote about that “purely emotional, ignorant, fanatic alarmism needs to stop and we need to return to sanity and reason. (I agree with Mr. Leonard: When will President Trump do this?)
If you want to respond to this liberal, here is how I define the word: I am a liberal as defined by John F. Kennedy: “If by ‘liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of people, their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties—someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘liberal’ then I am proud to say I’m a ‘liberal.'”
I also still believe that the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty from 1883 still apply today: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
What is going on now at the border where children are separated from their parents with apparently no plans to re-unite them is not in keeping with who we are! We are confusing nationalism for patriotism. President Trump, especially his zero tolerance policy is to blame. He has done all he can to divide us.
I would also like to point out that the families coming here are seeking asylum and they are not illegal. They are also entitled to due process; their day in court. If you really want to do this, you do not separate them at the border and move their children around the country with no plans to re-unite. Why are we—even members of Congress—not allowed to see what is going on in the detention centers? We have no idea how many people are in this situation.
So I agree with many religious leaders that we need to do a better job of caring for these human beings. We also need a comprehensive immigration policy which realizes the reality of the fact that there are people in this country who are contributing to society and how to provide a path to citizenship or allow them to work for a period of time. Some even served in the military, which until today was a way to obtain citizenship and also to make use of their talents that we needed in the military.
Makes one wonder if President Trump is holding these children as ransom until Congress appropriates the funds needed to build his ill-conceived wall (that Mr. Trump assured us Mexico was going to pay for.)
So this is not who we are, or is it?
Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg