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To the Editor:

Marlene Pfieifer, the head of the Kittitas County Republican Party, said "we need immigration reform desperately." ("Protesting Immigration Policy," Daily Record, July 5). I agree with this assessment.

I totally disagree with her statement regarding the separation of families that "it's federal so we don't have any control over it." Why? Such an acceptance is scary as it is reminiscent of the populace during the 3rd Reich. I would offer some reasons why we should not hold children — babies — hostage in order to build a wall. Separating babies from their mothers is immoral and can cause these children irreparable and life-long harm and trauma.

America has always been a refuge for asylum seekers. In recent years such immigrants are fleeing domestic and gang related violence in the countries from which they come. Given their desperation, our zero tolerance policy means no mercy. Refugee children belong to their parents, not to the government which warehouse these fragile children in cages in child internment camps around the country.

I weep for our country when we proclaim to the world that our national conscience is such that we are willing to break up families and shatter the lives of innocent children, as pawns to enforce a hostile immigration policy. We cannot remain silent lest one child ask "why were you complicit?" Martin Luther King Jr. has said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Lee Kaspari

Ellensburg

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