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Those who oppose immigration on the belief that the immigrants are a burden on our economy are either forgetful or are unaware of our descendancy from immigrants who came to America seeking a better life. Those immigrants are the ascendants of our current Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, business leaders…… We need immigrants to bring their hopes and dreams along with their belief that America is still the greatest country in the world even though some of us who were born here question that belief intermitttently.

I’m a “left-winger” and I do get it. These migrants are following the law. It’s LEGAL to ask asylum for valid reasons. With few exceptions they are not sneaking into the country– they are applying for legal asylum. It’s sad that on the eve of July 4 there are so many misconceptions about the values our country stands for. (Remember Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty.)

I feel very blessed to have lived in the United States all 75 years of my life. I simply can’t imagine what it would feel like living in a country that has little regard for my freedom from tyranny. Here, my state of mind is affected when I feel disrespected, and I’m sure that would be a long way down thne list for others who live where there is little respect for human lives, let alone for mental well-being. Consequently, even though I can appreciate the idea of immigration reform, I have a hard time putting myself in the shoes of those who are trying to come here to make a better life for themselves and their families. Like I said, it’s difficult for me to even imagine the struggles and obstacles blocking the pathway to such basic goals or people from other countries. I certainly don’t have the answer; however, I’m hard-pressed to condemn anyone who’s living with such a reality.

I am not celebrating this country at all. I am ashamed of my government and the direction that they are taking us. I work hard to try to get people to protest and then go VOTE. I no longer stand for the anthem or say the pledge – both of which I always thought were dumb anyway. I am not religious and I don’t want it in my government. I want a country where we take care of and invest in our best asset – people. That means healthcare, education, job training, infrastructure and good relations with the rest of the world. I feel like I am watching the death of what I thought this country was and if these next elections don’t take us in a more humane direction, I will know it. So celebrating the 4th is really hypocritcal.