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Letter: America is not supposed to be a closed land

The great moral issue of our time is immigration.Right now, we live in a country where a vast caste of individuals exist who have been dubbed "illegals" - as though it were possible for a human being to be illegal - for no other crime than existi...

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The great moral issue of our time is immigration.

Right now, we live in a country where a vast caste of individuals exist who have been dubbed "illegals" - as though it were possible for a human being to be illegal - for no other crime than existing on the wrong side of an imaginary line drawn across the earth. For no other crime than living and breathing American air without our government's permission. For - if we're being perfectly honest, here - having the wrong skin color. For speaking the wrong language.

A paramilitary organization, an army of state-sponsored goons calling itself "ICE," has taken it upon itself to ethnically cleanse the nation of these filth. They tear parents from children, rip homes apart, throw law-abiding people into cold stone detention centers, beat them, mistreat them, afford them poor (or no) legal representation, few human rights to speak of, and, in the end, ship them off to a land they've not known in years - or never known at all - where they may have no friends, no family, no life, no hope of life. I often hear legal immigrants say offering the undocumented a path to citizenship would be a "slap in the face" to those who went through the long, difficult and prohibitively expensive process of becoming legal residents and citizens of this great land. To them I say: You shouldn't have had it so hard in the first place. And you should not wish hardship on others just because hardship was visited on you. That is the way of bitterness and spite.

Our broken immigration system is in desperate need of wholesale reform. People would not be coming here illegally, and facing the dangers they face, if they had any other realistic choice. America is not supposed to be a closed land. In New York Harbor, there stands a colossus, on which is writ the following inscription: "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!" Are those words a lie? Has the golden door been shut? If so, then maybe we should take that statue down.

Scott lives in Fargo.

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