California Forum

The Conversation feedback: Immigration

More than 50,000 minors from Central American countries have crossed the border into the U.S. in the past year – so many that officials began busing some to Border Patrol stations in California. Earlier this month, angry protesters blocked the buses in Murrieta, in Riverside County. The news story has ignited the discussion on illegal immigration in general. We asked readers the question: How should the U.S. deal with tens of thousands of children who have come to America in an effort to escape danger in their own countries?


Leave the children alone

Re “Immigrant children deserve compassion, not taunting” (Editorials, July 6): I just want to thank the editorial board for commenting on this issue. When I saw the reception of these immigrants on the news that night, it made me very sad. Regardless of how I feel on this complex issue, I think that was a hateful and shameful display by adults who should know better.

I believe they projected a poor and angry image of our country, and they should really be ashamed of themselves. Those children on the bus were likely very frightened and will probably carry that negative memory with them for life. If those people want to make a statement, take those signs and angry shouts to the state Capitol so the policymakers can hear them, but leave the children alone.

Rachel Howard, Sacramento

Ancestors did it right way

I just want to say that I, along with millions of Americans, do not wish these children harm or bad situations for their lives. That said, how many undocumented people can we let come into our country and then take care of them?

Many illegal immigrants have more benefits and rights than those of us who were born here and worked here all of our lives. At almost 74, I am still working every day to make sure I can eat, have a place to live and pay for my own health care.

Something must be done to stop people from coming here illegally. My ancestors had to do it the right way. Why shouldn’t it be the same now?

Pamella Stinnett, Gold River

Too many people for resources

I am, like most citizens of the USA regardless of political persuasion, a compassionate person. I am saddened to see and read about the plights of the thousands of people coming into the United States from the Central American countries.

However, we have surpassed what this nation’s infrastructure, natural resources and economy can sustain. For at least two decades, this nation’s most crippling challenge and the source of dismay has been overpopulation.

Raymond Puckett, Vacaville

Young people a benefit

It seems to me that the people protesting the arrival of children coming here through Mexico are being extremely shortsighted. We need those kids. We aren’t growing enough of our own.

Without more young people with this kind of energy and initiative available to enter the workforce, who is going to pay the taxes needed to support Social Security and Medicare when the next generation needs them? Even if we have no compassion, no admiration for their bravery, we should at least welcome them because of self-interest.

Nancy Sutter Axford, Sacramento

What should our country be?

What to do with all these young, poor, tired, hungry, terrified children from gang-infested Central American countries arriving at our borders? “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Where did I first see those words?

Wait a minute. Didn’t I read that there aren’t enough young workers paying into Social Security, and because of that, the system is going broke? Are these kids really a problem? Maybe they’re a solution. If so, are we smart enough to realize it?

I think these kids should be welcomed, cared for, loved and educated. I can’t imagine the trauma they’ve already been through. In the future, we should reflect on who we are, where we are, what this country has been and what it should still be.

Jeff Shulmister, Gold River

From Facebook

Phillip Larrea – The U.S. is almost entirely empty outside of its 30 big cities. We have acute labor shortages right down the middle of the country from North Dakota to Texas. We spend billions each year to incarcerate the 230,000 immigrants we already have in prisons. Obama has asked for another $2 billion on top of the $6 billion he was given last year, to hire more judges and domestic military, as well as build more prisons. We are a cruel people.

Derek Phanhtom – Gotta say … it is indeed pretty sad to see these Americans screaming angrily at children.

James Cotton – Send them back! I know it sounds cold, but it’s either send them back to their own dangerous country or else let them grow up here where they will make the streets even more dangerous than they are in this country.

Melissa Mattoon – My question is what happens to these children once they make it here? I feel bad for these children, but at the end of the day if they were to be let in the country where would they live? Who would feed them? Who would take financial, medical, emotional and educational responsibility for them?

Louann Norman – America has enough homeless people, hungry children and people looking for work, I think our first responsibility is to them.

Darlene Kirby – The people causing these protests should pray they are never refugees. And to do this to children is just so wrong!

Sonja Labosky Cupler – This is not a humanitarian crisis, it is a government-sanctioned invasion.