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Child migrants overwhelm U.S immigration policy [Letter]

Just when I thought there'd be a solution to illegal immigration, there's a horror story like the one about the U.S. holding thousands of children who crossed the border illegally for deportation ("Feds look to Baltimore to shelter immigrant children," June 9).

The news has been all over the Internet, yet for some reason mainstream media are reluctant to report what's happening in Texas and Arizona.

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central American countries are rushing our southern borders, and the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed. Just why this is happening is unclear, but it bodes ill for the nation's future. If we are unable control our borders, then we are no longer a country.

I cannot imagine any parent sending a child off alone to brave the horrors of human smuggling, but it is equally impossible to understand why our law enforcement professionals can't put a stop to this. So far, little has been said about who is paying for all these undocumented kids when they arrive, and if they are allowed to stay who will take them in?

Some are arriving with a parent, but the facilities in Texas are so crowded and overflowing that many migrants are shipped to Arizona. Why must American taxpayers be asked to support a mess like this when we have so many of our own children in need?

Illegal immigration is a global problem and it's getting worse. Unless some rules and regulations are put into effect, I hate to think what the planet look like in 10 years. Europe and the United States shouldn't be the final destination for the world's population. But now it looks like we are.

Rosalind Ellis Heid, Baltimore

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