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Letters to the Editor, July 6 - 9

EDITOR: I want to express my appreciation and support for our immigrant citizens and those who are undocumented in Sonoma.

Our county’s population is over 503,070 – 35 percent of which are Hispanic, Asian or African-American. Ninety percent of our non-white residences are legal immigrants. Agribusinesses and hospitality would quite literally not exist without them.

There is an urgency, now, due to a fever of hatred being fanned across our country. It’s not based on facts but by demagoguery. Immigrants are approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population about the same percentage throughout our history. There are less undocumented workers than in 2007.

Immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans, there is no correlation between crime rates and levels of immigration. Crime rates are lowest in states with the highest immigration growth rates.

Immigrants pay into our tax system yet are ineligible for the benefits. The taxes they do pay more than cover items like public education and healthcare. Half of all undocumented residents file tax returns; they all pay sales tax.

We want a fair system that welcomes a variety of people with varying degrees of skills and to welcome those fleeing crushing poverty and violence just like many of our own relatives did not long ago.

However you feel on this issue, be mindful that this animosity is affecting real people and children who live among us, the documented, undocumented and citizens alike. Today it’s them; someday it could very well be you.

Leigh Cavalier

Sonoma

Pay attention to the man behind the curtain!

EDITOR: Picture the POTUS preening himself in front of a double sawbuck as he channels “Old Hickory” and whispers to himself: This could be Me, Me, Me. However, Andrew Jackson was both a statesman and a general. The Donald is neither. Yet they have some ignoble acts in common. Jackson’s dishonorable and zero-tolerance Indian Removal Act led to the tragic “Trail of Tears.” The Donald’s equally dishonorable, zero-tolerance and brutal border order should likewise earn him a dark and disgraceful place in American History, not dissimilar to Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” The American people need to be like Dorothy and see that our wizard is just a faux president who will have no good interred with his bones.

Michael Heiman

Sonoma

Zero tolerance for Trump

EDITOR: Baby jails?! Only in America.

Let’s deport Trump to one of his favorite dictatorships, North Korea or Russia.

Bruce MacDonald

Sonoma