Americans must resist discriminating against new immigrants

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As American citizens, it’s time we realize that there are extreme groups of every religious and ethnic belief in the world. We should not place any American citizen in this extremist spotlight.

There seems to be inordinate discrimination against American Muslims.

There’s been much discrimination of different people in America, past and present. When immigrants have lived the American way, they became productive, honorable citizens and not extremist.

During World War II, we had Italians and Germans in our armed forces fighting their cousins in Europe. Unfortunately, we didn’t see Japanese citizens as being loyal to the United States at that time. We exiled to internment camps 110,000 Japanese, of whom 65 percent were U.S. citizens!

Now is the time to remember and respect that we should all be loyal Americans.

As always, we have to be aware and on guard for those radicals with a warped sense of loyalty to their old extremist dogmas.

However, let us not condemn our new citizens — the new immigrants — because of their ethnic and religious backgrounds or heritage.

DOUGLAS LAUFFER
Leetsdale

 


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