Most people recognize that the Trump administration is sacrificing the lives, welfare and mental stability of immigrant children, legal and undocumented, solely to act as a deterrent. The officials want to limit the influx, as though now “Americans” will finally be able to turn off their TV sets and get to work picking crops, doing landscaping jobs or cutting meat in factories.

The administration has gone to extreme efforts, resulting in anguish and torment for little children. What if the administration put that much effort into looking at many of our surrounding North and South American countries to see what we can do to alleviate the serious lawlessness, poverty and oppression that make these migrants need to come here in the first place?

What if the countries were prosperous, viable and well-governed and people didn’t feel the need to leave?

If aggression is required, let it be an act of aggressive intervention in the affairs of neighboring countries to help them improve their conditions. Why not stand up to the true criminals in this situation and address the drugs, crime and gangs with cooperative military intervention?

Why aren’t negotiation efforts put into working deals with our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere rather than across the Pacific?

If Donald Trump and his government must look to the Bible for justification, they should read the verses about helping and loving our neighbors. A purely humanistic approach would be most beneficial to all.

The opportunity to vote out most of these Republicans is not soon enough. Something must be done sooner than 2020. Please sign petitions and write your representatives. Work to make changes now.

David Krantz

Kent

Safe place for children

Regarding two of the June 23 letters to the editor (‘‘Shameless policy at the border’’ and ‘‘Proud despot’’), these writers seem to feel that these children are being abused.

There are over 10,000 unaccompanied children being held in these temporary holding facilities. When they are brought in, they must be screened to try to find where they are from, their ages and numerous other pieces of vital information.

All of these children are allowed to bathe, given clean clothes, fed three meals and given a medical screening to meet any of their medical needs. They have a roof over their heads and a clean bed to sleep in. This is all necessary to make certain they are in a safe environment.

Apparently your very liberal readers would feel better if these children were just let go to fend for themselves.

Joseph C. Gardner

Uniontown

Respect police on the roads

While driving home from work on Interstate 77 South recently, I witnessed a motorcyclist refusing to pull over, with a police officer on his tail, sirens on, lights flashing. I watched this go on, with other officers joining in, as long as I could before exiting.

It is an utter shame what our police have to go through. Other police had to join in, possibly taking them away from more important duties because some fool with no respect for the law is playing games.

This is what our society is reaping now — children with no respect for others or the law.

Jennifer Eisenbraun

Coventry Township