Editorial: Opinion roundup (August 8,2014)

Children at southern border not just pawns

Journal & Courier (Lafayette)

Gov. Mike Pence didn’t mince words last week in a letter to President Barack Obama about his “profound concern about the federal government’s mishandling” of the rising number of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S. border.

In particular, Pence was irked that more than 200 of those children have found their way to the homes of sponsors in Indiana — a fact that wasn’t relayed to the Statehouse by anything more than media reports.

Pence’s proposed solution: “Those who have crossed our border illegally should be treated humanely and with decency and respect, but they should be returned expeditiously to their home countries to be reunited with their families rather than being dispersed around the

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