To the editor: Our leaders need to be united in responding to the surge of Central American children at our borders. The message to the parents of these children should be loud and clear: People who enter the U.S. illegally will be returned or held in detention. ("Obama seeks Congress' help on the border crisis," July 16)
American families and veterans need to come first. It is time to send aid to our own homeless, our own hungry, our own jobless and those who served our country.
Our public schools, social service programs and healthcare systems struggle to take care of U.S. citizens. These systems are not prepared or strong enough to take on the castoffs of other nations.
Karen Neville, La Puente
To the editor: It is vital for our government to, once and for all, implement immigration reform with clear rules.
If Congress did its job, the blurred lines and misinterpretation that cause parents from abroad to send their kids to the U.S. wouldn't be much of an issue. Last year, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) refused to put up for a vote immigration reform legislation passed by the Senate.
The Republicans complain over every bill that doesn't repeal Obamacare. Complaining doesn't pass legislation or appropriate funds, jobs that lawmakers were elected to do.
President Obama can issue executive orders when Congress refuses to do its job, but those are only temporary solutions. We can't continue to operate on these measures.
Diane Welch, Cypress
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