Friday letters: U.S. appetite adds to border woes

07/25/2014 12:00 AM

07/24/2014 5:31 PM

I’ll never forget. as a Peace Corps volunteer working years ago in a poor Caribbean country, how so many of their poor wanted to get to “Nuevo York.” They believed with all their hearts that life would be better in the United States.

Therefore, it is no surprise to see thousands of children from Central America now crossing our southwest border to get here. Many Americans wonder how the parents of these littlest of migrants could let them go alone on this dangerous journey.

Living conditions in these countries have grown worse, not better. Worse due in some degree to the Mexican drug cartels. They are terrorizing and murdering not only the authorities throughout Central America but also families, including children.

Life in Central America is so dangerous in large part due to our insatiable demand for drugs, whether marijuana, meth, cocaine or heroin. Add in our centuries-long support of right-wing dictatorships in the Americas in order to keep the low prices we demand for bananas and other products grown or manufactured there, and it seems clear that we have all contributed to this tragic migration of children.

Before condemning our good neighbors to the south, we need to recognize our part in this tragedy, while also searching for solutions to help them in their native countries.

Ed Bosch

Gilbert

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