Last Sunday’s Conversation looked at the tide of undocumented immigrant children who have come to America to escape crime in their Central American countries. The story focused on a few of those children facing deportation hearings and the uphill battle they face in the federal immigration court in San Francisco.
We asked readers to respond to the questions: Should California provide legal help for unaccompanied minors in immigration court? Or should all children crossing the border illegally be sent back without a deportation hearing?
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
They broke our laws
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Re “Shining a light on border crisis” (Forum, Sept. 7): California should not provide help for unaccompanied minors in immigration court. They broke our laws, should be deported ASAP and charge their deportation to their own governments. After all, we give their countries foreign aid.
We are already going broke, and some states have filed for bankruptcy. Our politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, could not care less. Most of them are millionaires and get outrageous salaries and pensions, yet their leaders and our weak president and Congress encourage them to come to the U.S. If we were to break their laws, we would be arrested and thrown in jail, just like our veteran being held in a jail in Mexico without any help from our government.
And no, I am not a racist. I am a Mexican-American that came to this great country legally. I believe in the rule of law and respect it.
Maria E. Hansen, Lincoln
Borders should be guarded
Some say this is not a black and white issue. I say it is. If we are going to have borders, then we should guard and protect them at all times. If not, then just open up all borders for everybody worldwide to migrate to wherever they want to and set up shop.
As we have seen and can see today, that is what is happening to our southern border. So how is this experiment working out? It isn’t. We are at odds with each other and at odds with Mexico over it. At least we who feel strong about borders are at odds with those that are here illegally and those that assist them coming here.
To answer The Bee’s question, for me it’s easy. Send them back without a hearing. Deport all of them who come here illegally. Remember the word: illegal. They are breaking the law.
Bill Moore, El Dorado Hills
Richard Waldo – No. Return to sender
Usha Paul Macgarvey – The next time people in your community don’t want to spend money on extra police to control gang activity just bring a few of these kids along to the town hall meeting so they can explain what gang government is like.
Ka Vang – Unaccompanied minors? Yes, why not? I’m sure they’re not here for our jobs, just a better life.
Debbi Binger-Smith – We cannot say we love kids or “value life,” if we ignore these children.
Bert Sousa – Open your bank account; leave mine alone.
Debbi Binger-Smith – Humanity costs. Sorry you can’t afford it.
Roger Sharrer – So Debbie, should we just open our borders up to all who want to come to the USA? Or just all the kids in the world who are living with poverty and violence? There is not enough room or resources. Do you have room in your home? In your bank account? You are certainly free to adopt or contribute or volunteer in a foreign country. Me? I have supported charitable causes but my priority is my own kids and grandkids. It’s a tough world out there.
Jana Gage – Nope, send them back
Greg Petrello – Question: How many children in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala are there? Do we invite all of them? Impossible and unaffordable. How about children in Africa, Iraq, Syria? Do we let them all in? Impossible. We should work with our neighbors to eradicate the gangs. It’s a better solution.
Philip Malan – Provide the help. We are a nation of immigrants
Jennifer Dilly – I say we protect the children, no matter what.
Kevin Knauss – Artificially contrived lines called borders cause the problem, not the children.
Lynne MacIntosh – Our laws guarantee proper representation in court. When I studied the Bill of Rights, I understood them to be a declaration of our beliefs in the fundamental rights of human beings, not just Americans. If we believe in those basic human rights we need to apply them to all or we are not an example to the world of anything but hypocrisy and phony self-righteousness.