harsh measures are the only way this onslaught will be reduced (it will never be stopped). these children should be returned to their native countries within days of being taken into custody. ideally, they would be transported and left at the gates of their respective presidential palaces where those ‘leaders’ will be forced to take action. did you know that when biden traveled to honduras to speak to the honduran president regarding this, the vp was stood up because hernandez was busy watching the soccer matches.
by accepting them and transporting them further into the country — where they will not appear for their mandated court dates, where they will disappear into local communities already stressed trying to provide for the homeless/unemployed — will only encourage the continual flow north. check out your local food pantries/homeless shelters/elementary schools and tell me how capable they are of absorbing hundreds or thousands more of these children who do not speak the language; have been abandoned by their families and likely are traumatized by their travels; will require considerable mental/healthcare (how many have been immunized or have other ailments). additionally, they will require care all dependent children should have: food/clothing/housing/education.
frankly, america, you are reaping what you have sown by propping up the corrupt oligarchs in these countries and destroying the efforts of labor/human rights groups within that attempted to address the inequalities. let’s give a great big shoutout to st ronaldus maximus reaganus who is the patron saint of this situation.