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No extremism on immigration issue

No extremism on immigration issue

Phil Steck, Albany

 

This week I saw cartoon in the June 20 Daily Gazette concerning immigration that seemed in quite poor taste (or worse). The cartoon suggested that immigrants were gang members or criminals. 

There has always been a criminal element among the immigrant population, long before the current wave of immigrants, as there’s a non-immigrant criminal element in American society generally.

However, the vast majority of immigrants are hard-working people who seek a better life for their families and have contributed greatly to American life. We don’t need to take extremist measures, such as separating parents from children (as the cartoon suggested), to protect our national security.

We don’t need to transform the United States of America from the beacon of hope it has historically been into a mean and nasty society.

Phil Steck

Albany

The writer is an assemblyman from the 110th District.

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