Letter: Statue of Liberty just fine where she is

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Editor,

Regarding Mr. Campbell’s cartoon, the Statue of Liberty asking to go back to France (published Nov. 27), evidently Mr. Campbell is not aware of the rebellion in France.

Thousands of French citizens called “Yellow Vests” have been rioting for weeks, initially over a carbon tax on diesel fuel. However, complaints obviously go much further than the now-rolled-back carbon tax on an already heavily taxed population. Our Statue of Liberty would find these working-class people also are protesting the mindless refugee plan, which allows tens of thousands into their country, placing a burden on their welfare state, as well as holding wages down through a source of cheap, unskilled labor.

Now, the Yellow Jacket rebellion is spreading to other European Union countries. So, the implication of the cartoon is the U.S., under President Trump, now has unfair and unwelcoming immigration laws. The executive branch does not make the laws. The executive branch is expected to enforce the laws, and not just the laws their political party likes. The first obligation of government is to keep its citizens safe. Most citizens expect that immigrants are properly vetted, hence the need for legal immigration. Most citizens don’t want to become unfortunate collateral damage to serve an immigration political ideology. While our immigration laws are far from perfect, I believe the Statue of Liberty is just fine where it is, welcoming immigrants as she has most of our families.

George Hodgson, Noblesville

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