Letter: Let's live the values of liberty

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To the editor:

When dads and moms with their young children in tow crossed the U.S. border without proper documentation, who broke the law? Did the children break the law?

If you say, "No, it was the parents who broke the law, not the children," then explain why those undocumented children now living today as adult "Dreamers" on American soil should be literally kidnapped by government thugs and ripped away from their homes, families, neighborhoods, schools, colleges and jobs to be exiled in lands to which they are totally unfamiliar?

Why should children pay the penalty for the illegal acts of their parents? That's not just stupid, it's every bit as hateful as the villainous biblical King Nebuchadnezzar who force-marched thousands of Israelites from their homeland across the desert to slavery in Babylon.

Let us instead live by the values symbolized by that "mother of exiles" known as the Statue of Liberty. She beckons, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Harlen Menk

Ellsworth