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Section A: General News


Editorial: Feds: Forget separation of church, state; we need you!




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July 30, 2014 | 3,373 views | 6 comments

The increased number of unaccompanied alien children streaming into the United States has created a “humanitarian crisis.” Certainly the mere logistics make it a crisis -- and certainly it is a humanitarian concern because of the children involved -- but this border situation is so much more.

It is convoluted to the max, making it difficult to sort through all the ramifications. There is the matter of national security. While we focus on “the kids,” it leaves opportunities open for terrorists, drug cartels, and human traffickers to do their dastardly deeds.

There is the matter of health concerns with so many who may not have been vaccinated and who, therefore, may introduce serious diseases.

There also is the matter of the huge transfer of wealth in this country. One estimate is that each unaccompanied alien child is worth about $40,000 a year to organizations that house them. (It could be more, because in California, they were advertising more than $6,000 per month per child.) Perhaps we don’t know exactly how much money is changing hands, but this plan seems to fall in line with President Obama’s aim to redistribute the wealth.

Information has recently come out that as far back as January, this administration was planning for this surge by advertising for private contractors to transport illegal aliens around the country. This surge is no longer just a border-state problem. In fact, enormous sums are currently being distributed to nonprofits all over the United States to handle the influx.

Information from www.LibertyNews.com shows that, among the many groups receiving funds, the Catholic Charities in Galveston received more than $15 million, and the Baptist Child & Family Services received more than $62 million in Health and Human Services grants for the “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project.”

It is true that these groups are in the business of providing humanitarian services, but accepting government funds always has strings attached, as we have seen with Obamacare.

We know that Americans are very giving folks, ready to volunteer, but it is only fair to expect full disclosure. Before we donate more backpacks, bottled water, bus tokens, and department store gift cards, we should know how the HHS funds are being handled. A few million dollars should go a long way toward making such purchases.

It’s ironic, too, that this is the same federal government that demands separation of church and state at every turn, but now that they are in dire straits, they ask church groups for help.

At the very least, before these organizations go out and request aid from the community, they should willingly disclose how much they are being paid to shelter these unaccompanied minors.

Correction:

In last week’s column, I referred to “more than 400 children murdered every year in Chicago.” That should have read “more than 400 people murdered every year in Chicago.”

The point is, we have children here who need help and protection, perhaps as much as do these nonresidents.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 1, 2014 1:16pm
 
Kicking the can down the road doesn't require an abundance of talent or effort.

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 1, 2014 12:01pm
 
If we would only abide by and enforce current immigration law we would not be wasting our time trying to solve this problem. We would have no illegals, children or otherwise, here. Evidently Washington DC has solved all the ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 31, 2014 11:41am
 
Not to worry. The one who caused the oceans to start receding and the planet begin to heal will break bread and feed the masses. :-)

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
July 30, 2014 9:36pm
 
I guess that is why you put it in...just to stir the pot.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
July 30, 2014 9:54am
 
Of course, separation of church and state are not in the Constitution. It's just something that is conveniently pulled from a hat whenever it suits a purpose.

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
July 30, 2014 9:29am
 
Elaine: The government is not asking church groups for help, this is nothing more than a business deal and those groups are jumping on-board to get the money associated with providing services. As far as separation of church ... More ›

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