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We must finish building border barriers for the sake of the children.

Some cartels specialize in opioids. Three hundred Americans per week die because of opioids, 90 percent of which comes across our southern border.

Some cartels specialize in human trafficking, which has millions of child victims. Children are kidnapped from their villages in Central and South America, as well as in the U.S., to become sex slaves. We must build border barriers to keep the drugs out and to keep human-traffickers from abducting the children and turning them into sex slaves.

With border walls, drug traffickers and human traffickers would have to try their luck at the ports of entry, where well-trained, sharp-skilled officers, using high-tech monitoring equipment, are more likely to detect human trafficking.

Obviously, we must build the border barriers to avoid American deaths by criminals who were deported multiple times but sneak back into the U.S.

Some say border barriers are not effective. Border Patrol officers say border barriers are effective. Border patrol officers want border barriers. Border walls work in Israel and in locations in the U.S. where they are built. The effectiveness of border walls seem self-evident. Claims that they don’t work ring hollow.

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Who doesn’t want border barriers? Drug cartels and also big employers who want cheap labor. This leads me to wonder if U.S. Senators and Representatives who oppose border barriers are being paid off by drug cartels and big employers.

Margaret S. Smetana

Pinehurst, N.C.

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