U.S. leaders grossly mishandling immigration

TO THE EDITOR:

What our government is doing at the border is inhumane. More than 99 percent of refugees trying to enter the U.S. are honest, capable, hard-working and willing to learn English if we give them the tools. We, in the U.S. urgently need immigrant help for farming, hospitality, construction trades, disaster cleanup and more.

Instead of separations and caging, let’s provide humane family housing during the three to four month vetting process and teach entire families English and computer literacy five to six hours a day; days that are otherwise idle.

Vetted refugees can then be matched to areas needing workers. Newly settled families now have the skills to immediately start work, shop, drive and integrate into the U.S. environment. This is a recipe for success.

Our government has reduced aid to Central American governments claiming corruption. OK, then bypass these governments and work with Central American churches. Catholic churches in Guatemala, for example, have been building medical/dental clinics, schools, women’s sewing centers and distributing small parcels of land to individual families for coffee and corn production for years. I saw this firsthand in 2013. They are making a difference.

Everyone can help. Please consider a donation to Justice For Our Neighbors.

Kate Dahlstrom

Traverse City

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