To the Editor:
Concerning Susan Cocco’s vitriolic letter of July 5 against Rep. John Frey, it appears that the “misleading language” and “ignorance of the facts” is on her part. U.S. law forbids children from being jailed with criminal parents. Illegal border crossing is a misdemeanor crime and when adults with children do so, the adults must be detained alone. If the adults then claim asylum, a lengthy process follows and, according to a 1997 decree by the 9th Circuit, the children can only be held for 20 days. So either parents and children are released, and 80% never show up for their court hearings, or the adults remain in custody and children are released to relatives/foster care. The first case resulted in over 100,000 “families” arriving in just two months in 2018. Many children are not related to the adults and are used to enter our country. The real child abuse is by the coyote hostage takers and sex traffickers. If asylum families present themselves at a legal point of entry their cases are dealt with promptly and there is virtually no separation.