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The Trump administration, according to the Washington Post, has proposed releasing immigrants currently held at the southern border into so-called sanctuary cities. While various reasons are given for this action, it is clear that one is to “punish” these cities for their actions in support of immigrants.

Frankly, this sounds like a good idea, not punishment.

Although Lincoln is not a self-declared “sanctuary city,” we have for many years welcomed refugees seeking asylum from brutal conditions in their home countries, as well as immigrants seeking better lives for their families and children.

In addition to giving a generally open-armed reception to these newcomers, Lincoln has helped them become a part of our community. Churches, civic groups, all levels of education, city government and numerous individuals and families have offered assistance learning English, finding homes and jobs and establishing connections to assist them in keeping valued traditions and cultures alive while integrating into a new one.

And as we have helped them heal old wounds and forge new lives, Lincoln has gained from their presence in myriad ways. We have received a welcome infusion of people who value freedom, hard work and community. Their labor fuels our industries, their new businesses bolster our economy, their churches, mosques and temples join ours in matters of faith and community service, their children enliven and enrich our schools. And their cultures broaden and deepen our own.

So, yes, Mr. Trump, send us those tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We welcome them.

Roger Holmes, Lincoln

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