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Editor:

On Trump revoking birthright citizenship. In response to Trump’s claim: "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits. It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous and it has to end."

He has completely missed the point. A person born here and given the basic freedoms and opportunities to develop will contribute rather than take. Trump sees their participation as a liability when in fact each citizen is an asset, an asset for 85 years if they are fortunate to live that long. When Trump mentions “with all those benefits” you have to wonder what he is referring to. His mean-spirited brand of conservatism aims to eliminate these benefits for all citizens; welfare, health care, education, etc.

I notice that his current wife received citizenship through a questionable Einstein Visa, a visa reserved for immigrants with "extraordinary ability," and that her parents recently obtained citizenship through the process of “chain migration,” a process Mr. President condemns. Even his kid’s citizenship would be suspect if their dad hadn’t been born here (or was he)? Fortunately the consequences of hubris date back into Greek tragedy.

Kerwin M. Lanz, Bolton Landing

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