This is a response to the letters posted after Assemblyman Jim Silva's statement on illegal immigration ("Children are important factor in immigration," Mailbag, June 2). I will not speak for Silva, but as I read it, both of the letters express misunderstanding of Silva's points and the general situation.
Patricia M. Goodman accuses Silva of confusing children who are here illegally with the criminal drug and weapons trade. Mexico is our neighbor. Like true next-door neighbors share items, trade and borrow, visit and teach each other, have neighborhood parties and offer assistance for each other in times of need, it would be great if we could have this rapport with Mexico. But when your neighbor's children are fleeing their home in huge numbers, it is a symptom of great problems. You can help a few of your neighbor's children and families. But you cannot take in each of them and raise them adequately — it would be overwhelming to your own household. In addition, it does nothing to solve the original problems that drove them to leave; indeed, it helps perpetuate them! This is what has happened on a large scale.