Compassion Means Reuniting These Children With Their Parents

Barb Wire

Everyone is by now well aware of the tsunami of illegal alien children, unaccompanied by any caring adult, which is sweeping across our southern border.

And contrary to the lies President Obama has been telling, 95% of this flood of immigrants say that violence in their homeland has nothing to do with them breaking into our country. They’re coming because the president has promised everybody in the world they can stay and receive all kinds of rewards for breaking the law.

As a result, unaccompanied minors as young as three have ridden in packed-to-the-gills buses and on the top of a train called “The Beast” to make it to America. These children are in the hands of cold, uncaring human traffickers from the beginning of their journey to its end and, in many tragic cases, wind up in the hands of sex traffickers. All the routes that coyotes follow are in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels, who get a slice off of every human being the traffickers smuggle across our border.

These children are now warehoused in hideous, barb-wire topped detention centers, where Border Patrol agents have been reduced to changing diapers and heating formula instead of stopping the drug cartels, who are running the entire show and laughing all the way to the bank while they poison our communities and destroy our youth.

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This entire affair is a crime against humanity. For the president and addle-brained Republicans to support a policy of amnesty for smuggled children is a travesty, and leads to the kind of inhuman conditions these children find themselves in today. And there is absolutely no indication that the president intends to stem the tide any time in the near future if at all.

What is the compassionate response to all this? How should a Christian nation respond? The answer is simple and direct: we need to reunite these children with their parents.

We spend untold amounts of time, energy and money in an effort to restore missing children to their parents in the United States. We issue amber alerts and put the faces of missing children on milk cartons. It’s time we show the same compassion to these poor children.

The process would actually be quite simple. These unaccompanied minors come primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The children can and should be returned, the same day they are apprehended crossing our border, to the capital city of their home country.

It’s obvious we have the planes to do it, since we are using them to fly children to Phoenix and Tucson and Nogales and San Diego and Oxnard and Oklahoma and Massachusetts and who knows where else. Let’s use these planes to get these children home where they belong instead of locking them up in a warehouse on naval bases.

There, after they have been returned to their homeland, local officials can do the work of reuniting these children with the parents who call that country home. These officials can do it. To assume they can’t is an insult to their intelligence and capability, and I for one would not be so xenophobic as to suggest that Central American leaders are not up to the task.

What about illegal alien children who have illegal alien parents already here? Again, we ought to believe in and practice family reunification. Let’s reunite these families and then return them intact to their homeland. If a member of such a family has the legal right to remain in the United States, then we let that individual choose whether he stays here or returns with the rest of his family to his native home.

Respecting the rule of law, returning lost children to their parents, reuniting families and keeping them together – it’s what any compassionate, Christian immigration policy should be about. Let’s start today.

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis at the American Family Association. He has degrees from Stanford University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He pastored for 25 years in Idaho, where he served as the chaplain of the Idaho state senate and co-authored Idaho's marriage amendment. He came to AFA in 2009.
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