Solve American children's plight first
No caring American watching the human tragedy unfolding along our southern border can be unmoved by the plight of immigrant children abandoned by families and countries to find refuge in America.

Having opened the flood gates, the only question remains is how many. UNICEF estimates the 50 percent of Latin American children are street children totaling between 45 million to 50 million. In Honduras the percent of children under 18 in poverty is estimated to be 28 percent and numbering almost one million.

In a country in the fight for its democratic life against the encroaching Mexican drug cartels, future prospects grow grimmer by the month.

The question for America is how many of Latin America's street children will be encouraged to cross our borders. It will be impossible to judge the first 1,000 as any more needy than the last 1,000 out of the 50 million pool of street children.

Africa has nearly 60 million orphaned children. Is there any logical difference between a bus load of Latin American children at our borders than a ship load of orphaned children from Africa or Asia?

Of interest is the fact that America's population of children under 18 is approximately 74 million. UNICEF estimates that 22 percent, or 16.2 million, are in poverty.

Here's a novel idea: why don't we solve our own child poverty problem before we attempt to resolve that of Central and South America? Maybe the reality is that the open borders is a political issue, totally unrelated to saving immigrant children.

Every dollar spent on an underage illegal immigrant is a dollar denied to a needy American poor child. Why do our politicians value an illegal vote more than an American vote?

Pete Richmond

St. Simons Island

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