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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Border issue should be addressed

Letter to the Editor

Whenever there is a serious issue, politicians are always the first ones to say, “We’ve got to do something about this!” They never say, “I will do something about this.” This gives them the opportunity to say, “I wanted to do something about the problem, but the others would not let me.”

One problem no one wants to address is all the illegal immigrants at our border. ...

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Whenever there is a serious issue, politicians are always the first ones to say, “We’ve got to do something about this!” They never say, “I will do something about this.” This gives them the opportunity to say, “I wanted to do something about the problem, but the others would not let me.”

One problem no one wants to address is all the illegal immigrants at our border.

My brother-in-law was an immigrant who came to the U.S. in the 1950s. In order to come into the country, his brother, who was born here, had to agree to be responsible for his welfare for five years. This included shelter, food, medical – in short, his total well-being.

These parents who are allowing young persons to embark on these perilous and long journeys are being reckless and irresponsible. If an American parent allowed a child to embark on a 1,600-mile journey without resources or safety assurances, the parent would be arrested for child abuse.

If a senator or representative believes that these children should be allowed into the country, they should send buses from their districts to the border to pick up as many children as they are prepared to care for in their districts. The cost of the buses, food, housing, schooling, clothing and medical expenses should come from campaign funds.

I don’t believe a single politician would have the courage to do anything on their own initiative.

I also believe we have many young people in our own communities who could use the assistance which is proposed to be provided to the foreign children.

Leo Fauvel

Hudson