Dear Editor: When did seeking asylum in America become a crime? America's reputation in a troubled world — as a source of hope and a refuge from oppression, persecution and violence — is under attack by the Trump administration. The specter of young children being forcibly separated from their parents at our border is an image that should make every red-blooded American's blood boil. Not since America turned its back on Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe has our reputation as a beacon of liberty and tolerance been so tarnished. This kind of heartless policy, in violation of both U.S. law and the United Nations charter, is an outrage and a source of embarrassment. This does not make America great.

Charles Uphoff

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