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Legal immigration made America great

Holocaust survivors speak out against President Donald Trump's administration policies on immigration and refugees at a news conference at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie on Feb. 2, 2017.  (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)

It's often said that America is a nation of immigrants, but properly stated, we are a nation of lawful immigrants.

I am a descendant of immigrants who came to this country lawfully. They may have come as refugees from oppression or catastrophe, but they entered according to the rule of law.

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Consequently, America's diversity became its greatest asset in no small part because of our immigration discipline. Why can't those who are protesting our immigration laws distinguish between lawful, legal immigration and illegal immigration that leads to unbridled irresponsibility?

Dennis Peltz, Perry Hall

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