Letters to the Editor

John Twomey: Who we are

I am deeply ashamed of my governor and the governors who joined him in requesting a ban on Syrian refugees.

It is un-American to assume they are guilty, to punish thousands for the actions of one.

It is un-Christian to deny aid to those in deep need. It is cowardly; true leaders need to help us do the right thing especially when we are afraid to. It paints America as just the kind of country the terrorists say we are.

If we want to honor the French, let us be the country they thought we were when they gave us the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Let’s not kid ourselves. We are all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants.

For me it was 1912 when my grandparents came here from Ireland. Subsequently, my father and both his brothers fought in World War II – as Americans.

One hundred years from now it will be very clear that the benefits of letting in some Syrians now will far, far, far outweigh the liabilities.

John Twomey