Don't deport traumatized children to violent places
07/25/2014 9:07 AM
07/24/2014 9:34 AM
Re "Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration" (Nation/World, July 18): As we seek solutions for this surge of migrant children, we should take a hard look at how we want our actions to reflect on our nation.
This exodus of children from Central America is a refugee crisis born from the rapid growth in crime, violence and poverty that has affected the region. These children are the victims of extreme gang violence and are not just economically motivated. Over 50 percent of them have claims to international protection because of the violence they have encountered.
Although the U.S. has the most developed asylum and humanitarian protection system, the Obama administration has placed far greater emphasis on deterrence of migration than on the importance of protection of children seeking safety. As many as 90,000 children are expected to be taken into custody this year. We cannot rush to deport traumatized children to violent places and jeopardize their safety.
-- Mary Beth Kaufman, chairwoman, Northern California chapter of the AILA, San Francisco
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.