First priority must be reuniting families
The Department of Health and Human Services says it will cost $775 per child per night to hold immigrant children who’ve been separated from their parents in “tent cities.” That doesn’t include one penny to arrange to reunite them with their families.
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Our moral responsibility must go beyond a signed executive order that ignores bringing families together again.
This is an example of what happens when Congress ignores a POTUS who rules by executive order. It is imperative that we as Americans put all affected children first. Children need their parents.
Patricia Kindley, Monroe
I blame parents, not Trump, for this
The separating of children from their parents who illegally cross our border is the result of parental neglect – parents not taking responsibility to protect their children.
If they apply to come legally or ask for asylum through proper channels, families are not separated. But liberals pull at heartstrings to place blame on President Trump.
Rodger Parker, Huntersville
US withdrawal from UN hypocritical
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced last week that the US is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council on the pretext that “our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
This, while the current resident in the White House cozies up to and encourages brutal dictators around the globe and tears immigrant children from their parents and puts them in cages around the country – making a mockery of human rights.
Just who is being “hypocritical and self-serving” here? What kind of alternate reality does this administration live in?
Alan Singerman, Mooresville
Immigrants can be a threat to our culture
In response to Our View “Donald Trump’s push for a whiter America” (June 21):
Perhaps the Observer editorial board should read Douglas Murray’s book, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.”
Murray tells from a first-hand perspective, backed with impressive research, the disappointing failure of multiculturalism and German chancellor Angela Merkel’s U-turn on immigration.
I am of the opinion that immigrants can be a threat to our culture. Look at Western Europe, which will soon be a large scale version of the United Nations.
Look at Southern California. America needs to wake up!
Don Little, Charlotte
Trump reminds me of a Veg-o-Matic
In response to “Times like these call for a man like Trump” (June 15 Forum):
Donald Trump is the ultimate disruptor, a virtual Ronco Veg-o-Matic of the American ethos.
He’s cheap, plastic, and sells himself on TV. Just look what he’s done: Paris climate accord – sliced! TPP – diced! Iran nuclear deal – made into julienne fries with almost no effort!
But wait, there’s more!
Tired of maintaining good relations with your allies? Are thought and decency just too much for you? Get out the Ronco Trump-o-Matic and in minutes you’ll have shredded generations of sterling relationships and hard-to-attain moral high ground into a pile of slaw!
Yes, Donald Trump is truly making America grate again.
Martha Catt, Charlotte
End partisan tactics; it’s not a board game
End partisan tactics; it’s not a board game
While Forum writer Bonner Mills calls Republicans’ moves on voter ID genius, I beg to differ. (“Give GOP credit for tactic on voter ID,” June 22 Forum) If this were a board game, maybe it would be genius. Governing is not a board game, and it is time the Democrats and Republicans stop playing with real lives as if it were some zero-sum game.
Our government is supposed to be of the people, by the people. That means all of the people, not just the whims of the far right and far left, as adopted by both sides.
We have big problems that need meaningful attention. It is time for politicians to quit playing games.
Dan Pliszka, Sherrills Ford
Here’s why I quit flying years ago
In response to “Traveler breaks window after hearing flight was canceled, police say” (June 20) and related articles:
I quit flying years ago. I got tired of being treated like a fifth-class citizen and being charged through the wazoo for the lousy treatment.
Airline passengers are herded like cattle, strip-searched like ax murderers, forced to sleep on airport floors like refugees, and generally shoved around like convicts. It’s easier to rent a car and drive to Vegas than to put up with airline BS.
Ted Holland, Cornelius