To the editor:

Many if not most of the persons and certainly their children coming to us are fleeing danger and seeking safety. They are refugees from an environment none of us would willingly tolerate for ourselves or our own children.

We should be welcoming them with food, shelter, medical care and education for the children; in short, we should be offering the best we have not the abhorrent reactions currently occurring.

One could cite endlessly the religious, moral, ethical and practical reasons for welcoming and caring for refugees. However, there is one simple reason: To do less is just wrong in the most profound sense.

If not now, when will we as a people fully realize that it is a gift of grace to welcome and provide comfort to any refugee?

Vincent Pesce,

Williamstown