Sunday, January 29, 2017

To my US Rep on Immigration

US Representative Darin LaHood
1424 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515


Representative LaHood,

I am writing to you as one of your constituents to implore you to speak out. President Trump has gone too far with his executive orders on immigration and it is not enough for only Democrats to oppose him. Republicans like yourself must stand up to his behavior as well. It is not just unconstitutional for the President to issue immigration restrictions that are blatantly discriminatory against religious groups, but it is contrary to the very bedrock principles that have made our country a shining beacon of hope, equality, and freedom – principles that when we fail to live up to them are great stains on our national honor.

In the dark days leading up to World War Two, America turned away from its shores Jews who were fleeing for their lives from the Nazis. It was done out of racism, fear, and misbegotten ideas of American purity. Many of those refugees who were turned away ended up murdered in Nazi death camps. America was wrong then, to our everlasting shame, and we would be just as wrong to allow President Trump to turn away refugees of any faith fleeing for their lives now.

We stand at a point in history where we can chose not to repeat the mistakes of the past. We can still be a beacon of hope, equality, and freedom. But we must act, regardless of party or political leanings, to prevent the Trump administration from subverting our laws and best traditions – from turning away people who are running from genocidal monsters. Your constituents are not so hardhearted as to condemn another group of refugees in need our compassion to deprivation and death. I hope you aren't either. So add your voice to the millions of other Americans who are opposing these immigration restrictions.


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