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Pro-refugee and immigrant rally

Hundreds gathered in Lincoln for a candlelight vigil at the end of January 2017 opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban.

If Nebraska needs workers and we know of a willing supply, why are we not making legal immigration and guest-worker programs easier to obtain?

According to the Pew Research Center, immigration to the U.S. has been declining in over the past decade. Living in southwest Nebraska for 20 years, I was able to witness the strong ethic of the good folks from south of the border.

They were employed in businesses, industries, stores, ranches and construction programs. After hailstorms, one could see these guys putting in 11- or 12-hour days installing shingles. One could also see them putting in long, hot days during road construction. My friends and I agreed that we would have a lot of leaky roofs and bumpy roads without them.

It also seems likely that these hard-working people will have many entrepreneurial skills. Don't forget some of these real southerners had ancestors who built the vast Aztec and Inca empires, with sophisticated agricultural practices and created magnificent pyramids long before anyone even thought of the U.S.

Duane R. Tappe, Waverly

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