What people are saying about flood of unaccompanied migrant children.
Miami Herald, editorial: "With a dramatic increase in unaccompanied children from Central America swarming across the U.S. border ... 47,000 children have been apprehended this fiscal year. (Parents) fear that children will fall prey to the criminal gangs that control cities in Central America, where crime is rampant. They'll do anything to help them escape recruitment into a life of crime. ... The United States must eventually help Central America's governments defeat the gangs."
The Sacramento Bee, editorial: "The (Obama) administration has ... extended a compassionate arm to undocumented children. It's no surprise, then, that there's a widespread belief in Central America that if kids ... can survive the treacherous journey and get across that border somehow, they will be allowed to stay. ... This is ... a crisis that the United States' flawed immigration policy doesn't have the power to fix alone."
Daily News, New York, editorial: "They are truly dreamers, the teenagers and even younger children who leave their lives and families behind to go alone ... and risk life and limb in the hopes of completing the arduous thousand-mile trek from the crime and poverty of Central America to the U.S. border. ... We can put up more walls and try to stanch this tide, but it will continue to come in so long as America remains the land of opportunity."
Bloomberg View, editorial: "There is no satisfactory way to deal with the sudden appearance of thousands of children at the border. To address the root causes — poverty, lawlessness and violence in Central America — will take many years and depends, in any case, on enhanced capabilities of governments and law enforcement agencies far beyond U.S. jurisdiction."
Ruben Navarrette, CNN: "The border kids aren't immigrants. They're refugees. They're here because they couldn't be anywhere else, and they had no choice but to come. We're supposed to take in people like this, and offer them safe haven. This country has a right to protect its borders, and to decide who enters and who doesn't. But once our officials apprehend and take custody of a group of people — let alone ... children — they're responsible to do right by them."