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Shutting the door you walked through

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After mischaracterizing and misrepresenting Audrey McClish's opinion piece, Gary Wechter goes on to offer little besides non sequiturs and name-calling in defense of Trump's thuggish and un-American "America first" rhetoric ("I'm unconvinced that 'America first' is for losers," April 12).

Ms. McClish did not "champion no control whatsoever" over immigration. She explicitly said, it "is not feasible to completely open our borders."

Mr. Wechter lectures young Ms. McClish on the alleged "serious shortcomings in her knowledge of our founding principles and our Constitution," leaving us to guess which "founding principles" or Constitutional provisions support his position. Certainly, it's not the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

The old signs saying, "No Irish Need Apply" are not part of our founding principles or our Constitution. Nor is the idea that might makes right.

Mr. Wechter attempts to mask his apparent hostility to (mostly dark-skinned) illegal immigrants by pointing out that he himself, and most of his friends, are first- or second-generation immigrants, too. So he does "appreciate the contributions made by legal immigrants," and resents being "demonized" for supporting the policy of a president who has shut the doorway he walked through.

"Pull up the gangplank, I'm aboard."

Dave Raleigh

San Luis Obispo

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