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Sealaska, the Southeast Alaska-based regional Native corporation, convened its annual shareholders meeting this past weekend in Ketchikan.

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7/17/2014
Children's Safety

We think the U.S. should take care of the Central American children who believe they can come here illegally.

In this instance, "take care" means to keep them safe.

Safety is in not traveling — sometimes alone — up from Central America, through Mexico and across the U.S./Mexican border.

Some of these little children are perching precariously on moving trains as they head north. Others are walking in heat through land populated with threats from people and wild animals.

They often must endure everything imaginable — dirt, head lice, rape, you name it.

This isn't a situation the U.S. and its leaders would want for their own children. These Central American children are just as precious as their own.

President Obama, especially as the father of two children, should be sending a message to Central America that the children won't be allowed in the country and won't be allowed to stay here. But, he also should acknowledge that this is a nation of immigrants, and immigrants are welcome when they go through the process legally.

Acting and speaking as if the Central American children can continue to come here illegally by the thousands puts them at risk. Their safety should be the prime concern.

Everything else pertaining to this crisis involving the children is less important.