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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor:

Sending children back to a life of siege is what borders on madness.

In recent weeks, America has been subjected to an influx of undocumented aliens from Central America, a large percentage of which have been young children.

In his July 30th article, Thomas Sowell articulates that, without a comprehensive immigration policy, America cannot control its borders. I could not agree more. However, we have been unsuccessful to date at constructing said policy due to Republican intransigence.

Sowell also makes the following statements: “We have no way of knowing how many of those children are carrying what diseases that will spread to our children. And we already know, from studies of American children, that those who are raised without fathers in the home have a high probability of becoming huge, expensive problems for taxpayers in the years ahead, and a mortal danger to others. … During the era of epidemics that swept across Europe in centuries past, people fleeing from those epidemics often spread the diseases to the places to which they fled.”

These statements are horrendous over-exaggerations and scare tactics. They are equivalent to another off-the-wall statement attributed to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) who indicated that the United States government wants to use thousands of undocumented immigrants for medical experiments. Really?

The facts are that most of these children are fleeing poverty, oppression, mental and physical exploitation, lack of education – a lack of a future. Their Central American governments have failed them and they are searching for a home where they have a chance at a productive life. Fifty thousand immigrants added to a country that allows approximately one million documented immigrants to enter each year is a small addition; roughly 1,000 people per state. At the very least we need to give these people a chance to cite their case to an immigration judge and not expedite their repatriation.

Most Americans are immigrants or children of immigrants. Whatever happened to our open arms policy as  inscribed on the Statue of Liberty? “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

What would you want for your child if you lived in such an environment?

Paul Summers


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