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You have to be heartless not to feel for immigrants injured while crossing the border

You have to be heartless not to feel for immigrants injured while crossing the border
A migrant child from Honduras is passed to her father after he jumped the border fence to get into the United States from Tijuana on Jan. 3. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated Press)

To the editor: Reading the op-ed article on the injuries sustained by people trying to cross the U.S. border from Mexico was heart wrenching. You have to be heartless not to feel the torturous injuries of these migrants who are so desperate to get away from the conditions in their countries.

The bottom line to all this squabbling over the “wall” is how we all approach this problem. It boils down to people’s worldviews.

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President Trump and his followers describe people trying to come across our borders illegally as rapists, drug dealers, sex traffickers and worse. How much they suffer appears not to be much of a concern. Trump sees his wall as a deterrent to keep our country safe from these terrible people.

Then there are people like me who see all this as a truly humanitarian crisis involving people trying to flee grave danger in their countries of origin.

So, can millions of Americans who voted for Trump have so much hate? I’m afraid the answer is yes.

Benny Wasserman, La Palma

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To the editor: Here’s some advice for op-ed article writer Ieva Jusionyte and others so concerned for immigrants who injure themselves: Tell these people not to sneak into the country illegally.

Another brazen point of hypocrisy among those with the open-borders mindset is the lack of compassion for victims of illegal immigration: not only for Americans killed, but for those whose lives have been turned upside down by identity theft, which is a major black-market business.

Pat Murphy, Pacific Palisades

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