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I applaud those taking a stand on the U.S.-Mexico border. That situation is appalling and shows the utter lack of leadership at a federal level.

We have a similar lack of leadership at home. From the Seattle City Council head-tax debacle, to the growing lack of safety and now a mayor’s trip to protest at the border with a U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation. If all were well at home, we could applaud this effort. But that isn’t the case.

Mayor Jenny Durkan flew away from 180 unsheltered children and 1,000 unsheltered young adults. Violence and crime are on the rise alongside tent encampments, including an attack on a tourist near the Space Needle and a rape in a Ballard car-dealership bathroom.

We have an obligation to bring people inside and give them a chance to get on their feet. But our mayor must confront the fact that homeless campers are taking up residence in growing numbers on our streets and creating an unsafe environment.

Maybe while the mayor was on her protest-vacation, she observed that at the very least the children separated from their families at the border are inside.

Saul Spady, Seattle, president, Cre8ive Empowerment