I would like to respond to the letter to the editor titled, “Solutions should be rooted in compassion,” (April 14). The comment that we need to call out white supremacy and dismantle the things that continue them is not a valid point.

We do have racism and it will always exist throughout the world, but focusing on it only gives power to certain political groups and causes divisiveness. It doesn’t help a thing.

Take a look at what is happening now with BLM and ANTIFA who masquerade as the champions of racial change and social justice. Is our country better off now than it was before all this started? Does defunding the police make our country safer and better? It won’t.

Concerning the comment, we can’t lose our humanity in the process of protecting our country, how is it humane to keep illegal children in cramped quarters, cages meant to house 80 people and three times that number crammed in the cages?

These children are sleeping on top of each other and don’t have proper facilities for bathing and basic hygiene. Many have been subjected to rape and others have died trying to come to a country where the president of the United States, Joe Biden, shamefully encouraged it by declaring open borders and discontinuing the building of the border wall.

Compassion to our own citizens in the U.S. and illegal immigrants means following laws in place to legally process and allow reasonable numbers of illegals into the country, not what is currently happening on our southern border.

TERESA GWENN ADAMS

Wilkesboro, N.C.

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