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Letter: LI should welcome the stranger

A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the

A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on Jan. 4, 2016. Photo Credit: AP/ Russell Contreras

A special thank you to Newsday for “Immigrants on edge” [News, Nov. 27]. The article was very thorough.

The stories of Nelson Melgar and Yasser Ventura touched my heart, but I am deeply saddened by the fear and anxiety they are now experiencing as they face possible deportation.

As a person of faith, I’m committed to the Gospel call to welcome the stranger and to promote nonviolence, peace and justice in our world. As caring communities on Long Island, we are challenged to find ways to pledge our support to students attending our high schools, colleges and universities, and those working, who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

I encourage our educational leaders to consider making our schools safe places to protect our DACA students and to pledge support, counseling and legal resources through our law schools. How wonderful it would be if Nassau and Suffolk counties would become sanctuary communities.

These young men and women love our country and deserve a path to citizenship without leaving the United States. Besides holding jobs, or being students, our Dreamers — those brought illegally to the country or who overstayed visas as minors — are leaders in our churches and volunteers in community organizations. “Being a U.S. citizen, for me, would be heaven,” Melgar said in your article. Let’s make that happen.

Nancy Fackner, Brentwood

Editor’s note: The writer is a Roman Catholic nun with the Sisters of St. Joseph.


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