To the editor:

When did it happen that Americans have become so scared that they are afraid of Central American refugee children? When did it happen that we are willing to waste millions of tax dollars on photo opts?

The image of Gov. Perry sending the National Guard to protect us against 7 year olds is appalling. It is more frightening to watch a Texas lawmaker lead a charge against a school bus full of American children because they thought the bus carried Central American refugee children.

Instead of focusing on being afraid of children, can Americans instead move toward feeling empathy for these children in life threatening circumstances as well as any child from a different culture? Surely, America has enough resources to care for children in need. Please vote for candidates who will uphold the law by processing these refugee children through our legal system as well as provide humanitarian services while they are in this country.

Julie Stewart Ziesman