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Letter: US is not a melting pot anymore

The question is, why does every person from the Third World want to come to America? Is it because their government is corrupt, and this country looks like the land of milk and honey?

During my military career, I traveled to many very poor countries with unstable governments. People were unable to improve their conditions. The top class ruled the country. The lower classes were always looking for a better place to go.

“Come to America,” became the cry.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the cornerstones of our democracy and identity. It’s the very idea of America that has attracted our servicemembers to defend our freedoms and values, as well as attracted millions the world over seeking a better life.

It has also caused the American dream to become a nightmare. We are not a melting pot any more. More like a stewing pot. People don’t assimilate. They love our milk and honey but remain in their little world.

After reading the Salisbury Post on Sunday, Jan. 21 (“What now? With the end of Temporary Permanent Status, thousands of Rowan County residents are wondering what happens next) about El Salvador and their problem, it makes me wonder why these people do not want to go back to their country and try to help solve some of its problems. This country has enough problems.

Now, last but not least, the DACA crowd — 800,000 or so — should have to go back to where they came from and take their parents with them. Of course, whoever allowed them to come into our country will eventually get their vote in an election down the road. Just my opinion.

— Hugh Martin

Salisbury

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