Tens of thousands of children, some as young as three, all without parents, are huddled together in bus stops, warehouses, and military bases in the United States for one reason: the DREAM Act and the shortsighted, misguided and unthinking politicians who support it.
This is a humanitarian crisis of the first order, and proponents of the DREAM Act are entirely to blame. When we see pictures of these children crammed together like cattle in buildings designed to store things and not people, picture in your mind the foolish, foolish politicians who support the dangerous and un-American idea that if parents can smuggle children into our country while they are still underage they will get to stay forever.
Parents in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been enticed by the lethal carrot dangled in front of them by Democrats and Republicans alike to engage in the human trafficking of their very own children, sticking children as young as three on the top of box cars rumbling north through Mexico in the custody of coyotes who could care less about the welfare of the children parents have abandoned to their custody.
Along the way, they are subject to rape, kidnapping, extortion from Mexican officials and even death at the hands of the cartels.
These are children who have flooded across our southern border with Texas in an ever-growing tide which is rapidly becoming a tsunami. Enticed by the promise of politicians like Barack Obama, Mario Rubio and even shortsighted Republicans who should know better, like Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, parents not just in Mexico but in Central America are now sending their unaccompanied minor children to commit criminal trespass by sneaking into the United States.
Estimates are that in the coming year, as many as 130,000 minors will break and enter the sovereign territory of the United States with no parent to look after them, to provide for them, or to find food, shelter and clothing for them. What is remotely compassionate about any of that?
Our government has no idea what to do with these children. Who will feed them? Who will clothe them? Who will shelter them? Who will raise them? Immigration authorities have no clue. And who suffers? Innocent young children. And why do they suffer? Because well-meaning politicians, blinded by a politically-correct but mindless and ultimately heartless sense of “compassion,” didn’t think far enough ahead to realize the disastrous unintended consequences of their own folly.
Rounded up by ICE and the Border Patrol in Texas, these children have been shipped to Greyhound bus stations in Phoenix where they have been unceremoniously dumped, perhaps as Obama’s payback to Gov. Jan Brewer for lecturing him on the tarmac about illegal immigration back in 2012.
They’ve also been shipped to Tucson, El Paso, and San Diego where they are overloading welfare programs which are already strained to the breaking point. They are even being housed in naval facilities, which dangerously diverts needed resources from national defense to baby-sitting. The U.S. Navy has become a nanny.
This man-caused disaster is so severe that FEMA has been called in to try to manage it, evidently because they did such a bang-up job with Katrina. Even the Department of Homeland Security is calling it a “crisis,” even though it is one of their own manufacture.
The problem is sure to get worse before it gets better as Obama announced just yesterday that he will refuse to deport young illegal aliens.
The most humanitarian thing the United States can do is build a double-layer security fence all along our southern border to prevent this cruelty to children. If the border is secure and trespass is virtually impossible, parents won’t succumb to the temptation to expose their minor children to unconscionable risk.
We all want a better future for these children than the one they have now. The key to that is to show the leaders of these nations the secret of prosperity and stability, so they can return home and imitate the economic and political freedoms we have in the United States. Then their children can realize their dreams in their own countries without having to commit a crime to search for them here.
In other words, the solution to our illegal immigration problem is not to turn the United States into Guatemala, but to turn Guatemala into the United States. If we allow the United States to be turned into a Third World country by unrestrained illegal immigration, there will be no hope and no future for anybody anywhere.
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