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Immigration policy needed

Editor,

This country desperately needs an immigration policy that is comprehensive, compassionate and fair. We must make clear to the rest of the world what this policy is and police our borders appropriately – hopefully without seriously impacting the lives of our own citizens on the border and preserving the unique and delicate habitat along the Rio Grande.

We also need to address the factors that led to such widespread migration because many are related to our country’s policies in Central America. None of this requires a wall. The wall, like sending our troops to the border just before the election, is a transparent political gimmick.

The use of such gimmicks is damaging to the nation as a whole. Many people are too busy to think these issues through, and we depend on our elected officials to give us good information. Our country is facing some serious problems, and we all need to be at our best, understanding situations as they are. We need to be able to trust our leaders to give us the facts and not play on our emotions. Please let your representatives know that we need a comprehensive immigration policy that works, not a wall.

Gail Trenfield
St. Ignatius

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