I am very proud to say that I am very close to a Dreamer, so much so that his daughter calls me "Grandpa Dick." I have gotten to know that community and the contributions they have made to this nation. To see the right wing, led by the president, going after these people is a national embarrassment.

I am a Vietnam veteran, and I did not fight for this nation only to see it fall into the kind of anti-immigrant bigotry and hate that the Nazi's ushered into Germany in the 1930s. To be clear, I do not think that we can just open our borders and let everybody come in. However, these people are here, and they are contributing. When they crossed our borders, people on the political left looked the other way out of sympathy for their conditions back home, and people on the political right looked the other way because their business interests wanted the cheap labor.

Now pathetic politicians led by our president are playing on people's fears and their bigotry for political advantage. In my opinion, these people are no longer guests but are part of us. I want to thank them for bringing us their culture and exposing us to it. I believe we are a better nation because of it.


Fort Atkinson

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