In a recent letter, a writer seemed to cast doubt on whether children at the border were kept in cages, denied soap, blankets and “even toothbrushes.”

He should have told of the Department of Justice lawyer who went before a U.S. Court of Appeals last month to argue that it is “safe and sanitary” to confine immigrant children in facilities without soap or toothbrushes and to make them sleep on concrete floors under bright lights.

Needless to say, the judges were less than impressed with her argument. One remarked, “It’s within everybody’s common understanding that if you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap, if you don’t have a blanket, that’s not ‘safe and sanitary.’ Wouldn’t everybody agree to that? Do you agree with that?”

The lawyer’s response? “Well, I think it’s — I think those are — there’s fair reason to find that those things may be part of ‘safe and sanitary.’”

The writer was also offended by my using a dictionary to define a concentration camp, due apparently to his sensitivity regarding the Holocaust. 

I find his concern less than sincere, especially when the man he supports in the White House is also enthusiastically supported by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.

In a fundraising letter, the president’s campaign informed its supporters that “The president is calling on you at this critical time to remind AOC and Democrats that this is our country, not theirs.”

Recently, the Trump administration announced it is ending a policy that allows immigrants to postpone deportation if they are receiving life-saving medical treatment in the U.S. As has been said before, the cruelty is the point.

Bob Curtis, Pinehurst

(8) comments

Patricia Punch

Mr. Wright. Totally agree with you. We are not the ones putting these children at risk, the parents are the ones that dragged these children across the border and put them in harms way. We have far too many homeless people here in the US that need to be cared for let alone bringing more into our country.

Mark Hayes

The cruelty comes from those who continue punish us with these weekly weeping, woeful, soulful commentaries. Most authored by some resident residing in an area that is immune from the possibility of being inhabited by illegals/undocumented immigrants.

Richard Wright

Bob - You need to stop spreading the left wing's myth that neo-Nazi's support President Trump. The left is the party of fascism. There is nothing cruel about enforcing the law.

Mark Hayes

You would be more believable by demonstrating sincerity, that by selling that home in Pinehurst, and donate the proceeds to those in need at the border. How much can we put you down for ?

Dan Roman

That is a classic non-response. Mark needs to put his tinfoil thinking cap back on and try again. Then, maybe, he might come up with a cogent comment concerning the immigration policies of the "Present embarrassment" Trump administration.

Mark Hayes

Were you not the individual that criticized others for using condescending comments, accused others of not being able to carry on a civil conversation without the insults ? My question was addressed to Mr Curtis, and it was actually legitimate, so many preach about the circumstances at the border, yet show little effort to do what they expect of others. I don't own a tinfoil thinking cap, so let's just omit that from responding to my comments, agreed.

Richard Wright

What a baseless comment! Why does the left insist on permitting illegal immigration? Why does the left fail to condemn the parents of those children for putting their families at great risk? Why not provide for the homeless citizens before adding those who have little skills and much need to the federal and state welfare roles?

Dan Roman

So far nothing rebutting the factual content of the original letter, to wit: kids, and adults for that matter, being kept in deplorable conditions. Obviously there is no real rebuttal or defense.

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