Undocumented children: can we even pay for them?

07/27/2014 11:07 AM

07/25/2014 9:22 AM

Re "Brown says border is humanitarian issue" (Capitol & California, July 24): The governor is correct in saying this is a humanitarian issue. Just as importantly, it is a taxpayer economic issue.

According to an MSN article on July 17, quoting the Secretary of Homeland Security, 57,000 children from South and Central America and Mexico have crossed our border since October 2013. They are expecting 30,000 more by the end of September and 145,000 in 2015. It costs $250 per day for each child and can go up to $1,000 per day according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Again, that dollar quote is per day, per child. Can the U.S. taxpayer continue to afford this humanitarian issue on an ongoing basis?

-- John Hightower, Orangevale

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