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July 1, 2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Immigration

WEATHERFORD — Dear Editor:

Why are tens of thousands of children suddenly entering the country from Central America? If it is due to the president and Democrats in Congress’s attempt to give immigration status to the children who were brought into this country illegally by their parents years ago, why isn’t there a flood of Mexican children crossing our southern border? Why just kids from three Central American countries?

I’ve heard and read some news stories that say the kids are just fleeing the terrible violence in those three countries. But surely the violence there is no worse than in parts of Mexico and a couple of South American countries. Finally I saw one TV network with a guest who is an expert in Central American affairs, who had a very logical explanation. In these three Central American countries the organized drug trade is spreading the rumor that if minors can get into the US they won’t be deported. The reason these criminals have started this rumor is that they have a sideline business of transporting people across Mexico and into the US, for about seven thousand dollars per head. That totals about $420 millions for the 60,000 kids who have already entered this country.

The most amazing part of the whole thing is how bad things must be in Central America for parents to spend what is surely a life’s saving to get their children to safety.

The only way to stop this racket is to send these kids back to their home country, who will then tell the truth to their families. This sounds and is terribly heartless, but I can’t think of any other solution.

Another good question is why aren’t the other major TV news networks carrying this explanation? Fox News is, of course, blaming the president for a weak immigration policy, which I can’t understand since President Obama has hired more border police and deported more illegal aliens in five years than President Bush did in eight. The other networks give no explanation or give some weak mention of violence in Central America.

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