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Letter to the editor: Situation at border is not a humanitarian crisis

The situation at our southern border is not a humanitarian or human rights crisis. It is a law enforcement matter. Those people have been detained for violating our borders and laws. They are owed nothing but criminal prosecution.

No matter their political motivations, congressional Democrats visiting border patrol stations for photo opportunities and to feign outrage about criminal alien treatment is both confusing and audacious. I don’t believe these visits are done for purposes of oversight, the only legitimate reason I can fathom, but rather to stir discontent and spread falsehoods. Have these Democrats not been elected to represent Americans? If my elected representative put an alien’s concerns before my own, I would do everything possible to ensure he or she doesn’t have another term in which to make the same mistake.

The humanitarian crisis, to the extent that one might exist, is a crisis of and in Honduras or Guatemala, or the region. We The People have provided and continue to provide more than our share of aid to Central America. This aid does not appear to be benefiting us. Maybe that money is better spent elsewhere. I suggest another course of brick on the border wall.

Prosecution of every illegal entry into our country is an important part of slowing the invasion we are suffering. Construction of physical barriers and eliminating all financial benefits are others. It is a mistake to conflate the “wretched refuse” and “huddled masses” of the Ellis Island era with what we see today on the southern border.

Matt Pergar


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