Letter: US set stage of child influx at border
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
It is a great error to reject the admission of 50,000 children from Central and South America to the United States.
The policies of our State Department, as well as the lobbying of the United Fruit Co., destroyed the democratically elected officials because of the fear of Communist penetration into our sphere of influence.
This occurred in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Chile. There was the establishment of right wing dictatorships which resulted in horrendous conditions of a drug culture making life impossible for its citizens, especially for the children. There was ethnic cleansing toward native Indians who rebelled against their marginalization.
To use our National Guard to patrol the borders and return these children to a land of chaos and drug anarchy is a gross affront to the ethics and humanity for which we stand. The cost is minimal, as some states have acknowledged.
IRA WASSERBERG, M.D.
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