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
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