To the editor, 

So Kanabec County wants to go on record as not welcoming legal immigrants wishing to settle here? Stop and think about the symbolism of this: How far removed are you from family that emigrated here from other countries? Are you sure you want to deny all immigrants? What about if they are from Sweden? Or Norway? Or Canada? Are you perhaps unknowingly discriminating against people who happen to be a different color than you? How do you think this decision makes the people from other countries feel about participating in the Vasaloppet?  

What is the reasoning behind this potential decision?  Please reconsider. Immigrants have always made valuable contributions to our country. Other than Native Americans, we are all descended from immigrants. That’s what has set the United States apart from other countries.  

Liane Heupel



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