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In response to Dr. Kamila Valenta’s Dec. 22, 2017, commentary “Stand up to violent extremism by supporting immigration,” I would like to say that if a country allows 10,000 Muslims to come in, people may feel alienated and thus be easily radicalized. Whether or not these are the wishes of the native population isn’t asked – or seemingly cared about. Read the commentary.

Make no mistake, several countries – primarily Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – have been unjustly destroyed since 2001, and the countries that pushed for their destruction (the United States, the United Kingdom and others) should pay for their rebuilding.

But using these unjust invasions and destructive policies to justify mass resettlement of refugees in this country is equally unjust.

Bill Federkiel is a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte.