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.

(14) comments

Kronstadt

I can only guess you mean well with your letter, but it's lack of self-awareness clearly indicates you are the one who has not done her homework. Your first question (Have you been there?) is something one would hear on an elementary school playground: "The Sahara Desert is hot." "Oh yeah, well have you been there?" If you're not aware of what's going on at the border, who the for-profit companies are, etc., then you have your head in the sand. You might learn something from Vice President Mike Pence's visit, as he stated "The crisis is real." And as far as the House Majority Leader "loosening the purse strings." What happened to the incredible, amazing, walk on water Donald Trump who could get anything done in Washington? "I alone can fix things." Remember that self-deluded rant he repeated endlessly during the campaign? If Trump actually wanted to fix the humanitarian crisis at the border why doesn't he pull one of his famous constitution work-arounds and simply use an executive order to circumvent congress, the courts, the constitution, the bill of rights, etc.? He does it for everything else, why not this? Besides he and his administration being the most inept this country has ever seen, the fact is he has numerous ways at his disposal to fix this problem, but he has no interest doing so.

dmilroy

America has laws regarding refugees and people fleeing persecution. Sending the back without a review is not only illegal but un-American. The people at the border should be treated like your would like to be treated if you were in their position. "Closing the border" is irrational, cruel and would be devestation to both our and Mexico's economy. When you ask what should we do? Jesus’ provided a good example 2000 years ago. His story is the story of welcome, of inclusion, of service both to citizens and to the strangers in their midst, particularly those who were considered outsiders. Jesus told his followers that when they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, and visited the sick and those in prison, they were doing it to him. When they failed to do those things, they failed to serve him (Matthew 25:31-45).

GBR SD

"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." A question for you; can you prove this as well, or are you just going off what Trump and Fox Entertainment tell you? You can't call for answers from one side without answering your own questions first. But yes, both sides need to get this in check without declaring national emergencies or looking the other way. We voted them in. we pay their salaries, and we should be getting better results!

antiteaparty

I propose Lois spend a couple weeks detained in the same conditions as the immigrants and then come back to tell us how we should do it, instead of relying on a "pastor" she read about.

Concerned & Proactive American

I propose Anti Tea Party spend a couple weeks detained in detention center and come back and tell us how we should do it, instead of pointing finger at author Lois K. I thought this reply section was more productive than this particular kind of tactic - what's up P&D ?

antiteaparty

I propose Concerned join Lois. They seem sure that the conditions down there are so satisfying that I wonder if they will ever come back...

GBR SD

Yet you just made the point against yourself....

Kronstadt

Um, Concerned and Proactive American, you failed to offer your solution while berating another for failing to do the same. The problems with immigration are complex, not the least of which is because the problem involves factors spanning several nations. Whatever the solution it must start with humane treatment of these people, as well as an adherence to our constitution as regards both migrants and American citizens. At present, the administration is trampling the constitutional rights of all involved and doing so in a very inhumane fashion. So unless this administration reverses course, the first step to any real solution will be to vote Trump out of office.

Iman

Lets open the borders. Everyone come on in. You can stay with a lib until you get your first government check. Yippeee! That would be great. Free stuff for everyone.

dmilroy

Treating human beings with respect is not the same thing as "open borders." Making sure we live up to our the basic law does not equal "free stuff for everyone." We are not a nation of fear and hatred of different religions, races or ethnic groups. We are a nation of many religions, many races and many ethnicities all united by a common idea - Equality, Freedom, Majority Rule, Minority Rights and the Rule of Law.

Iman

"We are a nation of many religions, many races and many ethnicities all united by a common idea - Equality, Freedom, Majority Rule, Minority Rights and the Rule of Law". Why don't libs practice what the preach?

dmilroy

Iman asks "Why don't libs practice what the preach?" Iman is confused. "Libs" embrace all Americans. It is not "libs" who are telling Americans who disagree with them to leave America. It is conservatives like Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham.

Iman

Libs embrace all Americans. That's the funniest thing I've read today.


dmilroy

Iman, given your rejection of Americans who disagree with you (July 26, 2019, Iman commented on Letter: ‘Idiotic Stunt’ Yes dimroy. Please leave. You and your libby ideas are ruining the country," I'm surprised you are tickled by people who accept others who are different than them.


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