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Letter to the editor: Immigrants just looking for a better life

January 3, 2019

William Gill’s pernicious letter urging Democrats to “build that wall” exemplifies the worst element of American society. Gill cites two cases of “illegals” involved in heinous crimes. This is an old and tired tactic used by the racially biased: latch on to the most vulnerable and dispossessed groups of people to use as scapegoats for the sorry state of society. Nobody condones crime, but to blame “illegals” for the crime rate and obscene levels of gun violence in the United States is a cop out, and clearly not supported by crime statistics.

I have worked with and known “illegals” trying to establish a way of life in the U.S., and here’s something else Mr. Gill seems ignorant of: nobody in the U.S. works harder than the “illegals” (a pejorative term) or the poor. Like the Europeans flocking to U.S. shores in the 18th and 19th centuries, “illegals” are looking for a better way of life, and deserve the chance to find one. “Illegals” include women and children who have lost their homes or are fleeing from dangerous environments, venturing into a new land where the language and the culture are unknown, and now, outwardly hostile. If Mr. Gill is so offended by “illegals” I suggest he begin a movement to remove the Statue of Liberty.

Finally, except for those of Native American heritage living in the U.S., everyone here is an “illegal,” thanks to the genocide that established the United States. Another fact conveniently forgotten.

Will Duchon

Stratford

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