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Letter: Obama and Trump: different strategies for deportation

This file photo taken on November 10, 2016

This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC. Credit: AFP/Getty Images/JIM WATSON

I was so glad to see columnist Cathy Young point out the vast differences between deportations under former President Barack Obama and those by President Donald Trump [“Little hope for immigration reform,” Opinion, Feb. 17].

The Obama administration clearly considered each immigrant’s situation and distinguished between criminals among people who are here illegally, and those who are innocent, hardworking immigrants with families. Trump has signed callous, sweeping and poorly thought-out orders that do not consider these innocent people, much as he did with his travel bans.

This has thrown the nation into chaos, never mind creating a terrible fear within the children and families of immigrants and refugees.

Americans are better than this. We care and are an inclusive nation. Extreme vetting should consider each situation and individual; hurting innocent people does not add to our nation’s security. It does the opposite.

Carolyn Mandelino, Massapequa

 

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