Re "California lawmakers tour shelter for immigrant children, urge Obama to act" (Capitol & California, July 8): I believe the United States should not waste billions of dollars on trying to take care of these kids. It should be Central America trying to solve this problem.
The U.S has plenty of other problems and debts that need to be paid off, and this is another burden. These unaccompanied minors knew what they were getting themselves into. I cannot fathom how their parents would even allow them to travel alone to another foreign country, knowing of all the existing dangers. It's also true that the United States is a magnet for immigrants. However, they were given the wrong idea and most likely thought the gates would open upon them. It just doesn't work that way.
There are many laws that must be followed. The children should follow the process of getting citizenship from the U.S, just like every other immigrant has.
-- Elena Filio, Stockton