It is sad to see the images of children and adults detained in various states near the border with Mexico because they entered the country illegally ("Feds look to Baltimore to shelter immigrant children," June 9).

But true compassion wins the hearts of all people and serves the common good, not just to tug at the heart as a reaction to the immediate crisis. In other words, common sense should prevail, not just emotions.

Because this situation was brought about by violating or disregarding the law, in the long run it is doubtful that the outcome will be good for the children or for the common good.

Catherine Genthner, Timonium

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