Our government separated families seeking asylum when they reach our border. Separating babies from their mothers. Babies, toddlers, infants. Think about that for a minute.

These people came to our country and presented themselves at the border, asking for our help. They aren’t gang members or drug smugglers; that is exactly who they are fleeing from.

In the 1930s we turned other people away when they asked to enter our country, sent them back to their home countries in Europe. We knew we were sending them back to face an uncertain future. Many of them died because of that decision.

Conditions in Central America are bad. These people — these children — also face an uncertain future if we send them back. Many of them are going to be forced to enter drug gangs or become sex workers or die if we send them back.

The president’s press secretary stood at her podium and lied. She told us repeatedly that the law requires we separate children from parents. Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true.

The president’s attorney general tries to claim the Bible covers this. Really?

We need to control our borders; many of these people aren’t going to be able to stay in America. But we can still treat these people with respect, like human beings, while we sort things out.

This is not making America great. It seems like we are going out of our way making it worse.

Alan Tibbetts

Sidney

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