Finance schools, not a border wall

Our tax dollars should be used to improve our schools, childcare and health care, not to finance the Trump administration’s heartless, anti-immigrant policies.

For example, Congress could use the $5 billion requested for a border wall to instead fund a 30-percent increase in federal aid for K-12 public schools.

Congress should focus our government spending on programs that lift children and families and must act as a check on cruel, anti-immigrant policies, starting with this budget.

How we treat new immigrants reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans. We believe that families should stick together, that we should look out for each other, and that hard work should be rewarded.

The same is true today as it has been throughout history: People move in order to improve life, and we believe that moving to make a better life for your family is one of the best things and one of the hardest things a person can do. Asylum-seeking families who have made this hard decision deserve a fair immigration process where they are kept together and given due process as their cases are heard.

MARY O’NEILL,

Presque Isle