Last Sunday’s Conversation looked at the tide of undocumented immigrant children who have come to America to escape crime in their Central American countries. The story focused on a few of those children facing deportation hearings and the uphill battle they face in the federal immigration court in San Francisco.
We asked readers to respond to the questions: Should California provide legal help for unaccompanied minors in immigration court? Or should all children crossing the border illegally be sent back without a deportation hearing?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
They broke our laws
Re “Shining a light on border crisis” (Forum, Sept. 7): California should not provide help for unaccompanied minors in immigration court. They broke our laws, should be deported ASAP and charge their deportation to their own governments. After all, we give their countries foreign aid.
We are already going broke, and some states have filed for bankruptcy. Our politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, could not care less. Most of them are millionaires and get outrageous salaries and pensions, yet their leaders and our weak president and Congress encourage them to come to the U.S. If we were to break their laws, we would be arrested and thrown in jail, just like our veteran being held in a jail in Mexico without any help from our government.
And no, I am not a racist. I am a Mexican-American that came to this great country legally. I believe in the rule of law and respect it.
Maria E. Hansen, Lincoln
Borders should be guarded
Some say this is not a black and white issue. I say it is. If we are going to have borders, then we should guard and protect them at all times. If not, then just open up all borders for everybody worldwide to migrate to wherever they want to and set up shop.
As we have seen and can see today, that is what is happening to our southern border. So how is this experiment working out? It isn’t. We are at odds with each other and at odds with Mexico over it. At least we who feel strong about borders are at odds with those that are here illegally and those that assist them coming here.
To answer The Bee’s question, for me it’s easy. Send them back without a hearing. Deport all of them who come here illegally. Remember the word: illegal. They are breaking the law.
Bill Moore, El Dorado Hills