Presidential hopefuls and refugee detainment


To the Editor:
At this time, presidential hopefuls are introducing themselves to Iowans and discussing their ideas for leadership of the country.
I am interested to hear discussion about the care of the refugees, especially the women and children being detained in private prison facilities in the U.S. Detaining children and their mothers in prison facilities is inconsistent with international human rights and the general welfare of children, compromising their mental and physical health.
During campaign time we hear about government spending, cost of social programs and the cost of big government. Private prisons are no place for immigrant women and children and in some cases deportations result in death. The cost of these inhumane actions is in the billions.
I believe we can find much more humane, efficient and cost-effective means to integrate and welcome people into our communities. Faith communities, reputable nonprofit agencies and many citizens are willing to offer assistance to these families. Will Iowans have the opportunity to offer the hospitality and care for which they are noted? Will our nation be guided by its founding values or by fear?
Nancy Roberson

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