In response to the Aug. 8 letter (“Stop the illegal invasion of our country”) by E. McDonough ... Sir, I respect your opinion and thank you for your service, but as a veteran myself, I look at immigrants differently than you do. I do believe in laws to govern our borders and wish Congress would quit arguing and get a comprehensive border security measure passed.
But, unless you are Native American, all of us have ancestors that were immigrants and I will never begrudge people from a third world country the right to flee their desperate condition and try to find a better life for themselves and their family in this great country of ours.
I was fortunate enough to have been born here and I’m guessing so were you; it was through luck that we were born here and not in a Central American Country. And because of that we have lived the American Dream. But I not only want that Dream for my children and grandchildren, I want it for anyone who is willing to make the sacrifice and effort to come here and work for it. Personally, that’s what I fought for.
In my high school yearbook, I put my goal in life was to see the Statue of Liberty, It took me 50 years, but my wife and I finally made it to New York. Have you read the poem beneath the statue? “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free ...” It’s what the USA has always stood for ... and we have always been the beacon of hope for the world.
Do we need to safeguard our borders? Absolutely. Do we need to take measures that those that are entering mean us well and not harm? Definitely. But the day we no longer welcome immigrants, the day we close our borders and send those in jeopardy back to their country and their doom ... that is the day this is no longer the America I want to call home. I hope that day never comes.
Bruce Danielson, Cambridge
SGM, 33 years of service