As a Maine resident for almost 50 years, I’d like to apologize for President Trump’s fiasco immigration policy to another Maine resident, Jaleh Hojjati, a Muslim from Iran who has lived and worked in Maine for 20 years and became a U.S. citizen, but whose mother’s effort to immigrate to the U.S. was left in limbo under the Trump order. (Hojjati’s mother eventually was allowed into the country after a judge lifted the order.)

Even though I did not vote for Trump, I was willing to give him a chance, a chance that would include living with some mistakes as from any president. The big difference with Trump is not admitting his mistakes and correcting course.

Long ago, I supported President Richard Nixon right up to the end, and did not understand the courage of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus, who both resigned rather than follow Nixon’s order to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Now we have Trump firing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who courageously refused to follow Trump’s unlawful order.

So, I’m not going to make the same mistake in giving this president more chances, especially when he maliciously puts people down for their opposition, such as making fun of Sen. Charles Schumer, who shed tears when speaking against Trump’s policy.

Moreover, I find very disturbing the conservative Christian support of Trump’s immigration ban, which casts aside biblical values with such ill treatment of “strangers.”

Gary Larkin

Old Orchard Beach

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