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Immigrant cadet represents best of America

Tears stream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy.
Tears stream down the face of West Point Cadet Alix Idrache during the 2016 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy. U.S. Army

How appropriate to run the article on Alix Idrache, the graduating West Point cadet from Haiti who saluted America as “the greatest country on earth.”

This young man is the extreme opposite of the female West Point cadet who was caught using a cellphone while marching. He struggled and sacrificed for this honored achievement. I am thankful and very proud there are many more like him among his ranks who are grateful to have been at West Point.

I can’t help but think of others like him who have tried and conquered the hardships of coming to a new country. Here again there is an extreme opposite. Others have come, most illegally, and have shown they have no loyalty or appreciation for what our country has provided them.

The behavior that’s been demonstrated during this election year leaves me speechless. Obscenities shouted from those who are wrapped with the Mexican flag. These people are not protesters. They are troublemakers and thugs who are trying to impose their will on those who dare to disagree. If they are that unhappy here, they’re more than welcome to go home.

Ilda Meacham, Fresno

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