Regarding the May 28 front-page article “Migrant flow at border abates”:

The surge of Central Americans crossing the border last year was mostly women and children fleeing gang violence and other dangers in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Many were children coming alone. The unimaginable hardships they face on the way to the United States are a testament to the desperation and fear that drive them to leave their home countries. Enhanced border security is no way to treat refugees. In fact, it’s contrary to American values.

Continuing to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border and detain vulnerable women and children who arrive in this country seeking asylum is not the answer. We must modify our policies and improve the treatment of these vulnerable people to reflect this new reality.

Jennifer Podkul, Silver Spring

The writer is senior program officer for the Migrant Rights and Justice program of the Women’s Refugee Commission.