Mary Sanchez

Children at the border: An old story repeats itself

What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. Not by a long shot. Records of Ellis Island are filled with the stories of young children who arrived on our shores without parents. Those children were just as desperate as the Central American children today.

Mary Sanchez

Diocese case is for the children

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.

Mary Sanchez

Let’s treat gun safety as a public health issue

It took time, but we American drivers grudgingly accepted wearing seat belts as mandatory, and now we value everything from high-tech air bag protection to gizmos that warn us of unseen dangers as we back up our cars. It’s past time for a similar attitude shift about gun safety.

Mary Sanchez

KC Southern caught in migration debate

For more than a year, Kansas City Southern has deflected allegations that it is complicit in the violence that happens to the Central American migrants who often ride atop freight trains, trying to reach the U.S. Gangs often target the people for robbery, rape and extortion. The company points out that it doesn’t have lines in the southernmost portions of Mexico where migrants cross from Guatemala.

Mary Sanchez

Don’t politicize the plight of the kids at the border

Most of the Central American children who have shown up at the border will not qualify for asylum in the U.S. And many will not meet current qualifications to legally unite with family here. A test of America’s virtue will be that they are cared for and how their cases are managed, as well as how closely they are tracked so they don’t swell the ranks of America’s undocumented immigrants.

Mary Sanchez

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