To the Editor:

"E Pluribus Unum." This Latin phrase translates to “Out of One, Many.” It was adopted by Congress in 1782 as our nation’s motto and has been featured on our Great Seal and currency. In 1956, it was replaced with “In God We Trust.” I believe it is time to restore it.

The majority populations of the American continents are immigrants but the United States has an ironic history of hostility toward new immigrants, particularly under our current administration that continues today. How can we justify separating families seeking asylum? What family value to we honor when ICE agents capture parents of the first day of school, leaving no one at home to care for the children?

Serious students of American history know well the many significant contributions immigrants have made. Under the motto “Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump has set us back decades and deepened class, racial and religious strife.

We have been complacent for far too long. It is time we lived up to our national ideals and recognized the legal rights of those who seek justice and a better life here as so many of our ancestors did.

Mark Winegar

Vermillion