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LETTERS: So much unwarranted contempt for migrants and refugees

Editor:

A perception persists of migrants, and sometimes even refugees, as basically willfully and contently becoming permanent financial burdens on their host nation.

There is so much unwarranted contempt for these people, yet so many are rightfully despondent, perhaps enough so to work very hard in cashless exchange for basic food and shelter.

And they do want to pull their own weight through employment, even if only to prove their detractors wrong.

Migrant labourers should be treated humanely, including receiving timely access to proper work-related bodily protections, but too often are not.

If they feel they must, critics of such refugees/migrants should get angry at the politicians who supposedly allow in ‘too many’ migrants; but please don’t criticize the desperate people for doing what we’d all likely do in their dreadful position.

But then all that no longer matters when the migrants die in their attempt at arriving.

Last winter, a young family of four from India froze to death trying to access the U.S. via southern Manitoba. I wonder how many have died or will while trying to access Canada.

Frank Sterle Jr., White Rock

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