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Letter: Land of the free?

The Trump administration is fighting to restore its executive order that blocks visitors, refugees and even legal U.S. permanent residents from seven Middle Eastern and African countries.

Is this truly the behavior that represents the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Have we forgotten the very reason the Mayflower landed on our shores? It was for those seeking religious freedom.

America’s ideals are founded as an immigrant nation, celebrating diverse religions. In closing our country’s shores to refugees — those souls who have suffered unimaginable hardships — we isolate ourselves as extremists.

The icon of America, the Statue Of Liberty, has a plaque stating, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Shall we ship the Statue Of Liberty back to France?

Let us tell the truth: White men have killed far more people here in America than Muslim extremists. My point is that if we let our country be governed by fear and cowardice without command of facts and reason, America can become an extremist state.

We isolate ourselves from a thriving global economy, and we strain relationships with those countries that could benefit from our American ideals more than ever.

Creating a land of liberty takes courage, every single day. The courage to tolerate religious diversity, and the bravery to take in immigrants, as our country has done for the length of its history.

President Trump’s executive order does not represent bipartisan American ideals — it is antithetical to our Constitution as well as to what our veterans have given their lives for: Freedom.

Email our president, our senators, Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, and our representative, Scott Tipton — saying loudly that cowardice has no place in our government.

Tyler Stableford
Carbondale


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