I am responding to the letter to the editor, “What does America value?”. I am a Christian and do not think it is un-Christian to say no to the proposed $3.7 billion dollars the president is requesting to “handle” undocumented children.
I don’t know what America values, but I value our American children that are legal citizens. If $3.7 billion dollars is going to be spent anywhere, I want to see it spent first on these American children.
There are millions of children in our country that are citizens who are in dire need. You don’t have to look any further than right here in Payson, due to lack of money there are cuts and a persistent lack of funding for education. Gila County has a terribly high poverty rate and food banks can’t meet all the need. The state of Arizona has a record number on Medicaid, more on food stamps than ever before, plus a recent rating that Arizona is one of the worst states to be a kid in.
And we want to take in more when we have this occurring at our doorstep?
Our country has a huge debt and yes, money has most certainly been misspent in the past. Just because it has been misspent in the past does not justify continuing to misspend now and in the future.
Until we can provide for our own citizens, how can we consider taking in more and spending money we don’t have on children who aren’t United States citizens? $3.7 billion is just the beginning cost. When will it end?
We just can’t take care of the world and its children when we can’t provide for our own.
Sad but true.