To the Editor

As a teenager, I and my friends were recruited by our parish priest to help prepare the children of migrant workers for their First Communion. On our first visit to their camp near Howards Grove, we felt some trepidation. But talk about first impressions! Nearly 60 years later, I still remember the profound lesson I learned about dignity and respect, as the fathers of these children carried out kitchen chairs from their simple huts, so that we “teachers” would not have to sit on the grass with the children.

Has the world changed since then? In some ways, yes. But I think the desire of parents to do the best they can for their children has not. So please don’t be persuaded that families crossing our borders illegally are anything other than parents with much loved children.

May I suggest that any threat to America does not come from them. But the way they are being treated, if we allow it to continue, has the power to damage our very soul.


Rose Ann Basler


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