Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump has replaced immigrants’ hopes with the fear of immigration raids

People are taken into custody by Elizabeth police officers during an immigration protest outside of a detention center, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Elizabeth, N.J. More than 100 protesters lined the street outside of the detention center. They chanted against recent raids by federal immigration authorities and against President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border.
People are taken into custody by Elizabeth police officers during an immigration protest outside of a detention center, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Elizabeth, N.J. More than 100 protesters lined the street outside of the detention center. They chanted against recent raids by federal immigration authorities and against President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border. AP

The Trump administration’s recent deportations bring to mind Aung San Suu Kyi’s reminder that “The only real freedom is freedom from fear.”

With the stroke of a pen, the Trump team pierced the hearts of millions of undocumented immigrants and injected fear where hope once reigned.

As a result, families suffer, children cry out for their parents, and the president struts up to the podium only to feed his insatiable ego and lash out at our free press for doing its job. Alternative facts will not fool the majority of this nation’s voters who refused to embrace hate.

We will take our signs to the streets, sport safety pins and wear pink in protest as we peacefully outlast the deep red caps that will fade under the bright light of truth.

Bruce Badrigian, Morro Bay

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