Border crisis: California can set an example

07/16/2014 11:07 AM

07/16/2014 8:52 AM

Re "Two Texas congressmen plan bill to quell border crisis" (Page A9, July 15): The unprecedented numbers of Central American children seeking refuge in this country provide Californians the opportunity to demonstrate America's strength and compassion to the world.

Since 2000, the number of unauthorized entrants to the U.S. has declined. The sudden surge of children from countries experiencing extreme levels of violence is new and requires a different response from our traditional need to control America's borders. We must recognize many of these desperate children as the refugees they are. We need to provide them emergency refugee centers, legal assistance to adjudicate their refugee claims and work with American communities and other safe countries to provide a home where they can live without fear of brutality.

Making it easier for sex traffickers, as the Cornyn-Cuellar bill does, isn't the answer. California can lead the way by creating world-class refugee centers and services.

-- Barbara Baran, Sacramento

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