In the article “Candlelight Vigil For Child Refugees Set for Fri. Evening” (Press & Dakotan, July 11), the organizers deplore the conditions under which children being held at the border are going through.
I have a few questions for them:
1. Have you been there yourself?
2. What do you propose should be done about conditions there? Give some specific answers.
3. You mentioned “for-profit” organizations. Who are they?
4. Would you be willing to take one or two of those children into your own home to see that they are well taken care of and raise them to become productive American citizens? They need to go somewhere, you know.
What would I suggest?
1. Persuade the Speaker of the House to loosen the purse strings and allow enough money to hire more people to take care of those children.
2. Reunite them as much as possible, with parents, put them on a bus and send them back to their own country, perhaps giving each family an amount of money to start anew there.
3. Close the border immediately to prevent more of this. We are a generous country; however, we are not made of money.
Another thing not making the news is that many of these children are exploited. Some have been taken back and forth so someone could come “with a family”; perhaps the child was kidnapped from his/her parent.
Also, there is sex trafficking going on as well as the drug cartels that use innocent children to their gain.
I don’t question your concern. I do wish you would really look into this situation yourself. I just read about a pastor on the border in Texas who visits those places often during the week and who completely disagrees with most of what you have heard.
Protest, as you have a right to in this free country, then pressure your elected congressmen to close the border, then allocate enough money to properly staff those agents working on the border, so they can do their job. Get behind those agents. Would you just let those children go free by themselves? Not all of them have a parent waiting for them.