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Let's shelter our own homeless citizens first [Letter]

I was saddened but not surprised to read of the proposal to house immigrant children in the old Social Security office building downtown ("Feds scrap plan for immigrant shelter at Metro West," June 11).

Where were such feelings of humanity and charity, where were such acts of compassion or proposals on the table, after the ruthless bulldozing of an entire homeless community under the Jones Falls in 2013 — an act that is set to be repeated? We should first and foremost be caring for our own legal Maryland citizens.

The swarm of illegal children is an urgent concern of the Obama administration, but the growing number of homeless legal citizens in Baltimore should be of our first concern. Let's get our priorities straight. One must take care of oneself before one can take care of others.

Katherine Ambrose, Kingsville

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