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Editorial: Lawmakers join forces to help with border situation
About politics and other thingsJuly 23, 2014 | 2,798 views | 3 comments
This whole immigration thing has gotten to be such a mess, as tens of thousands of unaccompanied children continue to flood into the United States from Central America. Now the Border Patrol is hiring baby sitters while we figure out what to do with all these kids. One of the problems, aside from the logistics, is that this allows drug smugglers and other nefarious characters to enter the country while we are focused on baby-sitting duties.
No one doubts that this has created a “humanitarian” crisis, and no one doubts that children fleeing their homes in certain Central American countries are faced with extreme hardships.
While we recognize that we must show compassion in handling this situation, we also must abide by the law and prevent these children from being abused all over again by a broken immigration system. Politics, greed, corruption, and drugs often make these children vulnerable to further abuse.
Lawmakers need to do what’s best for families --not just families of illegals, but American families as well. Instead, too many focus only on the next election. While in Texas recently, President Barack Obama made a point of not visiting the border. This didn’t stop him from requesting $3.7 billion for more judges, new processing facilities, and a small amount for increased security along the border.
In the meantime, two Texas lawmakers, Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, both intimately familiar with the problem associated with the influx of minors, have joined forces to propose solutions. Their bill, called the HUMANE Act, would speed up hearings for these juveniles, while enforcing the law and respecting due process. In Texas, we take law enforcement seriously.
As this crisis grows, more shelters, such as the reconfigured prison in Karnes City, are being added to hold these illegal immigrants and families.
Currently, many facilities are overcrowded, unsanitary, and inadequate for children and families. While some are inadequate, on the other end of the spectrum are facilities that are more like resorts, and that has taxpayers crying foul.
Then there’s the case of a Brazoria County home for abused children closed for lack of funds. It has been reopened now to house some of the thousands of immigrant children and families. You see, it’s not a matter of Americans not wanting to help, but taxpayers want to know why there’s money for the illegals, but none for their own children.
If you are looking at these immigrants with your emotions, you might also look at American children in the slums of any big city. There are more than 400 children shot every year in Chicago. These are kids who have grown up to the sound of gunfire. Parents lose hope. Should these parents not be given at least as much assistance as those who have come from other countries?
We should first be looking to save our own endangered youth before we assume responsibility for all those from Central American countries. Instead, we ignore our own and focus on giving medical care, food, shelter, and clothing to those who have come here illegally.
Parents in Central America are buying time by sending their children to this country, hoping that they may one day be allowed to join them in America. As a mother, I question how any parent could ever place their unaccompanied minors in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers, who often abandon their passengers in unsafe locations. No guarantee of future American citizenship would ever be worth the price of my child.
While the Cuellar-Cornyn HUMANE Act may not be perfect, it is the best chance we have at stopping an even greater disaster.
(NOTE: "murdered" was corrected to read "shot.")
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