Border crisis: What about safe compounds?

07/14/2014 12:07 PM

07/14/2014 8:51 AM

Regarding the Central Americans streaming across our Southern border, one side says, “Send them back, they are coming here illegally," and they are. The other side says, “Let them stay, they are fleeing dangerous drug and gang environments," and they are.

OK, how about my third option? What if the administration offered over $4 billion to Central American governments to develop safe compounds free from gangs and drug dealers, where families could relocate if they so desired to live, work, raise and educate their children?

If those governments reject such a generous and compassionate offer, that would be a clear signal that their underlying concern is not for the safety of their citizens, but rather they simply want to dump their citizens on the U.S. At that point, the U.S. should do everything to prevent illegal entry and deport all illegal immigrants regardless of where they’re coming from.

-- George Penter, Sacramento

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