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Letter to the editor: Illegal entry is not the problem, but legal entry is, Mr. President

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

What is going on in Texas and Arizona? More than 700 illegal immigrant children have been dumped by federal agents into a warehouse in Hogales, Ariz. The State of Arizona has shipped mattresses, portable toilets and showers to warehouses there. Conditions are so bad Gov. Jan Brewer immediately asked for medical supplies.

Homeland Security started flying illegal immigrants to Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas after the numbers, including 48,000 children traveling on their own, overwhelmed the border patrol. If these children are coming from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, how do they get all the way across Mexico?

Gov. Brewer has demanded answers from the Department of Homeland Security and is calling on the president to terminate the practice. “I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy,” she said.

However, there seems to be no end in sight: 97,762 in 2012 to 154,453 in 2013, to who knows how many in 2014?

Where is your phone and pen, Mr. President? What is the response from Washington? Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said, “This is a humanitarian crisis, and it requires a humanitarian response.”

Well, thank you, Mrs. Mikulski, but how about a legal humanitarian crisis in Indiana? We have two legally adopted grandsons living in Uganda with their missionary mother, a U.S. citizen. The father had to return to the states because he has been seriously ill in a hospital in Indiana. They thought it might take a few weeks to get citizenship papers for the boys, since they had been adopted and living in the United States before returning to missionary service with their parents. The mother wants to return with the rest of the family to be with the ill father and husband. However, the U.S. embassy told the family it will be weeks before they can legally travel to the United States.

Humanitarian crises, Mr. President? Does that mean if you are illegal you can get into the U.S. at once? But if you are a U.S. citizen serving as a missionary with your adopted children, you have to wait weeks and weeks to be joined with your ill husband and father. What is humanitarian about that?

Gov. Brewer is asking President Obama to terminate the practice of allowing thousands of illegal children to come across the border. The president believes the surge of illegal children is an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Well, Mr. President, I want you to know that the entrance of my two great grandchildren legally into the U.S. to see their ill father is a really urgent humanitarian situation.

Also it is legal and all it requires is a phone and a pen.

Wayne E. Smith

Auburn