Letters to the Editor

Wall? How about Ellis Island?

Instead of the odious wall across our southern border, why not use those dollars to build welcome centers from which immigrants to this country can be quickly processed and a determination made as to whether they can remain in the United States?

As a model, look to Ellis Island, a facility employed during the late 1800s and early 1900s to process the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to this country seeking asylum and better lives for themselves and their children.

Eighty percent of those seeking access to this country were processed within hours and allowed to continue their journey. Those who were questionable were removed from the lines and placed into separate facilities, not prisons, until their status could be adjudicated.

If this country is ever to return to civility, we must begin with how we treat those who come asking for help.

Marjorie Fey Farris

Richmond

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