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Murrieta's anti-immigrant protesters could learn something from Lady Liberty

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To the editor: If ever there was a time that the inscription on the Statue of Liberty needed to be read by all in this country, it is now: ("Murrieta protesters turn back Border Patrol detainees," July 1)

"Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, / Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

That children who made a long, perilous trip from Central America simply to be free and safe were greeted by protesters was sad to see. These children didn't get here on a comfortable bus; rather, they road atop trains, and many were robbed, beaten or sexually abused. Some who didn't survive died horrible deaths under the wheels of a train.

Where is the compassion that our country used to be known for? I think that if the Statue of Liberty could, she would be hanging her head in shame at how some of our citizens are treating these courageous children.

Ed Hieshetter, San Diego


To the editor: Why aren't the illegal immigrants being stopped at the border before they cross? It's about time U.S. citizens fight for their country.

Stop all illegal entries. Send all detainees back to where they came from and have them enter legally. Stop busing them to other U.S. cities and instead just send them back to their home countries.

Gloria Kondziella, Diamond Bar


To the editor: Oh, how I would love to get a ticket to Judgment Day, when Murrieta citizen protesters must explain to the Almighty why they turned away women and children.

Donald Bentley, La Puente

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