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A plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads "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."

The stance of the Trump administration against immigrants violates the very essence of what makes America great. While we can't tolerate open and unrestricted boarders we must also remember that every immigrant has a story.

Legal immigration from any country should be welcomed regardless of race or religion. The United States should do its part as a member of the world community to accept refugees after an appropriate vetting process. 

The challenge of illegal immigration is a bit more complicated. I believe that if illegal immigrants do not commit a crime while in this country they should be granted a path to citizenship. People who travel thousands of miles with only what they can carry on their back are seeking freedom and opportunity. The fabric of American society has been based on that pursuit of freedom and opportunity since our founding.

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