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    Don't send young refugees back to their home countries

    If we send those children back to where they came from, are we forcing them to become drug traffickers, criminals or terrorists who may have a grudge against the United States.

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

    President George W. Bush signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act in 2008, allowing young persons to apply for asylum in the United States in order to become US citizens and be safe from problems in their countries of origin. If we send those children back to where they came from, are we forcing them to become drug traffickers, criminals or terrorists who may have a grudge against the United States due to the hardships they were forced to endure because of their deportation.

    It could be more humane and cost efficient in the long term to put them in foster homes with a training program to educate them to be educated, tax-paying citizens of the United States.

    DAVID A. SHEPARD

    Bristol


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