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Republicans reject American values

Why have Republicans forgotten the very elementary lessons of civics and American history? Governors have no role in immigration. Gov. Larry Hogan is having a difficult enough time governing the state without taking on national responsibilities ("Refugees are not the enemy," Nov. 18).

There is no religious requirement for entry, although Jeb Bush suggests that there should be. House Speaker Paul Ryan claims that "our nation has always been welcoming." American history reveals that there has always been a strong anti-immigrant element in our country. "Irish Need Not Apply" signs certainly appear less than welcoming, and we know that other ethnic groups have faced overt discrimination and hostility. There were zoning restrictions or covenants in some neighborhoods in Baltimore barring Jews and African-American citizens from buying houses.

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We've had government sponsored segregation. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, and that racist law was not repealed until 1943. Del. Patrick McDonough was predictable in his hateful response, which is always material for the circular file ("Hogan seeks halt to Syrian refugee resettlement in Md.," Nov. 17). He admits that he has "zero tolerance." Why do we elect people like this who just don't understand what it means to be an American?

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore


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