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Immigration opposition

Dear editor:

During the 1854 campaign for the Illinois State Senate, future President Abraham Lincoln was endorsed by an anti-immigration political party called the Know-Nothings. Lincoln promptly rejected the endorsement. The Know-Nothings mainly railed against Irish Catholic immigration in much the same way that Trumpites preach against Latino immigration today.

Explaining his opposition to the Know-Nothings, Abe told a story about an Irishman named Patrick, who worked in his garden in Springfield. Abe said that one day he went out to see how things were going. "Mr. Lincoln," Patrick said, "what do you think about all the anti-Irish immigration talk?" Lincoln asked Patrick why he had been born in Ireland and not the United States. Abe said Patrick replied, "I wanted to but my mother would not let me!"

Think about it.

John S. Polk

Hot Springs

Only in the U.S.A.

Dear editor:

AOC says "concentration camp." Ruben agrees. No mention that the multitude of people are free to return to their home of origin at any time.

Only Caucasian men are racists. Any "minority" group can make absurd, inflammatory statements without concern for rebuttal.

Only in the United States of America.

John Clark

Hot Springs

Editorial on 07/09/2019

Print Headline: Tuesday's Letters to the Editor

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