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To the Editor:
Re “For Migrants at Border Uncertainty Remains Even as Policies Shift” (news article, Feb. 24):
The government should not hold unaccompanied migrant children or youth in facilities in Carrizo Springs, Texas, or any other facility. Here is a proposal.
Appoint each unaccompanied migrant child or youth an advocate to locate and investigate potential sponsors, preferably family; insist on the release of the child to this home, and stay in touch with the child and family for a year.
The advocate should be bilingual (English and Spanish), smart, committed, diligent, assertive, savvy, resourceful, empathetic and assigned to work with only one child. One-on-one advocacy will help ensure that we don’t lose any children.
Independence is critical. We can’t leave these tasks to any organization that profits from confining children.
The writer is a deportation defense lawyer who practices primarily in Central and South Texas.
In the Mideast, a Place to Start
To the Editor:
In “Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace?” (Op-Ed, Feb. 13), Bernard Avishai and Sam Bahour offer constructive options, including a proposal for a confederation as a path to peace. But where, when and how to begin remain daunting challenges.
Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinians share a common economic space. Competing claims to its resources remain very tough to resolve, but with technology and investment, these issues could be resolved with reasonable equity. But investments and technical approaches are insufficient to underpin a functional confederation or sustainable peace.
Forging a longer term, credible security-development nexus for all the stakeholders is critical. It starts with building trust, the most powerful coin of the region, accompanied by supporting institutions and guarantees. It could begin modestly, with a rule-of-law approach for equitable allocation and management of water on a per capita basis.
Given the asymmetry of power and economic development as well domestic constituencies suspicious of grand schemes, progress needs a will and means to address not only economic development but also all the parties’ security needs. The United States can return to leadership, joining in partnership with international agencies and nongovernmental organizations, trusted by Israelis and Palestinians as well as Jordanians and Lebanese.
Joseph P. Saba
The writer is a former director of World Bank programs in the West Bank, Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East.
How to Beat the Robocalls
To the Editor:
Re “Arise, Robocall Resistance!,” by Gail Collins (column, Feb. 11):
The business model for robocalls depends upon efficiently bypassing unlikely prospects every few seconds to get to a likely mark. If we each do our part to persist with the call, to the point of engaging a cold-caller in conversation, then the entire robocall enterprise collapses. Perhaps begin the conversation with “I’m glad you called.”
Robocalls could not be sustained in a populace in which folks loved a leisurely chat … with anyone. We all give up a little bit of our time for a greater good.
Alan M. Weinstein
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