The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, June 26, 2018:
Thousands and thousands of people have been illegally crossing the southern border of the United States. When the adults were charged with breaking the law, they were separated from their children.
The images were disturbing and heartbreaking; however, that’s the same thing that happens when a parent who is a U.S. citizen is arrested. Although it’s not apples and apples, the parents crossing the border illegally are also breaking the law.
The uproar, from all sides, has reached the point where President Trump has enacted new policies to keep families together. That’s the best solution for now. The families who enter illegally will be sent back to their home country as a family. It is morally the right thing to do and economically it’s also is the right thing to do.
There are laws and regulations that allow for legal entry into our country. If someone tries to enter the United States illegally, there are consequences. Just like breaking any other law.
However, the current situation has revealed these policies need tweaking.
Going forward, Congress needs to revisit the existing laws, establishing new guidelines that are manageable and enforceable, allowing families to stay together and still holding them responsible for their actions.
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