Let­ters

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

In sup­port of im­mi­grants

Dear Editor: I was proud to be among those in at­ten­dance when the Com­mon Coun­cil passed the memo­rial res­o­lu­tion af­firm­ing Kingston, N.Y., as a wel­com­ing and in­clu­sive city. The ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens who spoke at the public meet­ing whole­heart­edly sup­ported adopt­ing the res­o­lu­tion.

Many of those who op­posed the res­o­lu­tion ad­mit­ted their an­ces­tors came to the U.S. us­ing the le­gal pro­cesses in place at those times, and they re­quested that im­mi­grants to­day use le­gal chan­nels. Ye, with an anti-im­mi­gra­tion pres­i­den­t­elect days from tak­ing of­fice, there is no doubt ad­di­tional road­blocks to le­gal im­mi­gra­tion will be erected.

Those of us who can help the 21.3 mil­lion global refugees and 65.3 mil­lion forcibly dis­placed in­di­vid­u­als have a moral obli­ga­tion to do so, just as our an­ces­tors were helped when they came here. To say oth­er­wise runs counter to Amer­ica’s core val­ues.

Many in the au­di­ence were moved upon hear­ing the story of Kingston res­i­dent Leonidas San­tos, who owns the Just For You restau­rant in Mid­town and who has been try­ing for 20 years to be­come a le­gal cit­i­zen. Leo re­cently was given 30 days to leave the coun­try, de­spite com­ply­ing with a lengthy, con­fus­ing process.

When I moved to Kingston, my neigh­bor­hood had gas sta­tions, fast food, drug stores and take­out Chi­nese and fried chicken. I was re­lieved to find Just For You for fresh, healthy food in the neigh­bor­hood. Ev­ery time I vis­ited the restau­rant, I en­joyed good food and friendly ser­vice. I was dis­mayed upon hear­ing Leo’s story.

I will be writ­ing a let­ter in sup­port of Leo, and I ask oth­ers do to the same, as well as urge elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives to find press­ing so­lu­tions to the im­mi­gra­tion sit­u­a­tion that threat­ens the safety and sta­bil­ity of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. Let­ters can be de­liv­ered to Just For You, 375 Broad­way, Kingston.

Lind­sey Da­nis, St. Remy

Boy­cott in­au­gu­ra­tion

Dear Editor: Dig­nity and re­spect for all cit­i­zens of the United States has been and should con­tinue to be the path of our great na­tion’s his­tory. Our pres­i­dent-elect has not yet demon­strated an in­ter­est in fol­low­ing this path.

Many Amer­i­cans in this elec­tion cy­cle felt they were with­out a rea­son­able choice and now won­der what their place is in their own coun­try. To these peo­ple I would like to say that you have an op­por­tu­nity to make this new pres­i­dent rec­og­nize his re­spon­si­bil­ity to us all:

Boy­cott the In­au­gu­ra­tion. Don’t watch. Don’t go.

These ac­tions will speak to him in the lan­guages he un­der­stands best: rat­ings and money. They will force him to open his eyes and ears to we, the peo­ple, who de­mand that, as our pres­i­dent, he work to­ward uni­fy­ing us, not di­vid­ing us, and that he do so with dig­nity and re­spect for all.

Join the move­ment on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram by post­ing your per­sonal rea­son for boy­cotting with #boy­cottin­au­gu­ra­tion­day and/or #Boy­cottTheI­nau­gu­ra­tion.

“A house di­vided against it­self can­not stand.” — Abra­ham Lin­coln, 1858 Alisa Lynn Stolte Heigl Jones

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