Help our own youth

07/19/2014 7:00 PM

07/18/2014 7:04 PM

There is no question the undocumented children from Central America are in an impossible circumstance, but they got here with the help of a coyote, smuggler or parent. They’re scared and confused, yet hopeful.

I do not pretend to have a solution for these innocent kids. But, when I hear their stories, I can’t help but think of the images that daily come out of Liberty City and Overtown and all the other black communities throughout this country that give evidence to the fact that after hundreds of years in the United States we, as a nation, have failed to justly integrate the descendants of people brought here against their will.

How do we justify assuming financial responsibility for thousands of children coming across the border when we have so ineptly cared for so many of our black citizens, who suffer from a disenfranchisement from mainstream society that won’t be reversed for decades, if ever?

Susan Russell, Coconut Grove

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