Grading City Hall: How is L.A.'s city controller doing so far?

Readers React

Opinion Readers React
Readers React

Are the children crossing our border asking for too much?

To the editor: The "crush" of minors at our southern border has pushed the GOP into panic mode. Republicans need to take a breath and think more compassionately. ("GOP focused on wrong set of children," Op-Ed, July 23)

These kids could soon be part of our workforce, paying taxes and funding Social Security. The kids who make it to our border should be welcomed with open arms, not by a show of military might, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems ready to do by ordering National Guard troops to the border.

Perry could benefit by rereading the history of his great state. Early in 19th Century America, ranchers and fighters freely crossed the southwestern border. They were not seeking Mexican citizenship but had the express agenda of creating their own republic.

Today's Central American kids are not separatist insurgents. They just want a safer, family-oriented land in which to grow up — the land of opportunity, right?

J.H. Benson, Altadena


To the editor: While we are making plans to organize humanitarian refuge for children in Central America who face gang violence, crime, poverty and corruption, can we think of any way to provide asylum to American children who are in the same boat?

Millions of American children live lives of fear and disruption in our cities. Some sleep in bathtubs to be safe from gunfire at night; they miss school because they are afraid to cross gang turf; they are bullied into joining gangs, forced to deal drugs, raped and sexually abused, victimized by corrupt police as well as by crime.

To what country can they look to find relief from their situations? They are already living in the country to which much of the world looks for rescue.

Marcia Goldstein, Laguna Woods

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • GOP focused on wrong set of children

    GOP focused on wrong set of children

    Republicans are focused on the wrong set of children — and on the wrong set of voters. Instead of raising a hue and cry over the “threat” represented by thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America, they should be mindful of the millions of children already here who...

  • Lafayette, Chattanooga and Charleston shootings: It's the guns, stupid

    Lafayette, Chattanooga and Charleston shootings: It's the guns, stupid

    To the editor: Another day, another mass shooting in America — the latest in a theater in Lafayette, La. Cue the predictable debate about movie theater security, metal detectors and armed guards. ("Lafayette shooting renews debate on movie theater security," July 25)

  • Obama's immigration conundrum: Enforcing past administrations' policy failures

    To the editor: Today's immigration policies are a carry-over from the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. ("Judge says immigrant families should be released from detention: What happens now?," July 26)

  • Learning from Pasadena on affordable housing

    To the editor: If everyone in Los Angeles County read Gregory D. Morrow's article, more cities would be able to overcome neighborhood objections about density. Insular opinion is one of the biggest obstacles to affordable housing. ("How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable," op-ed,...

  • Children and poverty: What about personal responsibility?

    To the editor: Interestingly, every letter on kids struggling in San Bernardino talked about what government and society should do to address this problem. ("Children cut adrift by poverty in San Bernardino," Readers React, July 25)

  • Life in prison for picking up a baton? That's not justice.

    Life in prison for picking up a baton? That's not justice.

    To the editor: There is a telling contrast in two stories, printed side-by side on the front page of The Times on Friday, depicting not only questionable police tactics when dealing with women of color but also the way we mete out “justice.” ("At emotional hearing, LAPD officer gets 36 months in...

  • Angels Flight might not survive 'modernization'

    To the editor: This tiny railroad in downtown L.A. ran successfully for around half a century. It's the simplest line imaginable, with no car couplings, no locomotives and simply a cable connecting the two cars, which mostly compensate for each other's weight. ("L.A. business and cultural leaders...

  • The false choice between fixing roads and fixing the climate

    To the editor: George Skelton would like Gov. Jerry Brown to bring his focus down from the “lofty” issue of climate change and get us working to improve our awful roads. But we absolutely must plan for the future even as we maintain our current way of life. ("California can't stop global warming...