Betty Webb: The one thing we cannot do is nothing – nor can we in the United States wait for them in Europe to do something. There are global organizations – Caritas, Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, Save the Children – all working to care for and resettle the migrants.
J. Peder Zane: Sanctuary cities – an estimated 200 communities across the country, including Chapel Hill and Carrboro, that refuse to fully enforce immigration laws – may be well-intentioned. But they are nothing more or less than the refusal of local officials to comply with state and federal laws. They may seem humane, but they are deeply un-American.
Kimberly G. Noble: In a study published this year in Nature Neuroscience, we found that family income is significantly correlated with children’s brain size – specifically, the surface area of the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain that does most of the cognitive heavy lifting. Further, we found that increases in income were associated with the greatest increases in brain surface area among the poorest children.