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Editorial: Giving hope to the immigrants — but is it a false hope?
About politics and other thingsAugust 6, 2014 | 3,555 views | 7 comments
Enrique Lucero, field office director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the apparent ICE spokesman in several interviews last week, advised parents in Central America not to risk their lives on a dangerous journey traveling through Mexico to the U.S.
In July, Homeland Security had issued this warning: “Our message is clear to those who try to illegally cross our borders: you will be sent back home.”
But that message is not being heard. At the very least, when they see pictures of the new “residential” centers like the one just opened in Karnes City, the message they get is the exact opposite of a “dangerous journey.” They see pictures of newly refurbished shelters complete with closets of freshly hung clothing, colorful toys, libraries, gyms, and clean bunk beds.
These images send tantalizing messages to those back home in Central America, who are suffering from severe poverty, crime, and despair.
In America’s effort to “show compassion,” however, are we not setting these children and mothers up for future disappointment and more despair as we dangle these amenities in front of them? What happens when the “three meals a day and snacks,” tutoring, and Internet service are gone?
And no one is talking about how all this is being paid for or by whom. If you are a working American, hold onto your wallets.
The Karnes County Residential Center (no longer called a detention center) is receiving “guests” this week. (OK. They are called residents, not guests.) The cost is about $140 a day per person, with some estimates considerably higher.
But who can look into the frightened eyes of a hungry 4-year-old without it melting your heart? You want to reach out to them, of course. This is where the border situation has taken us.
We open our hearts and wallets to help. They enter their new temporary residence as if they are truly in the land of milk and honey. Are we really being fair to these kids? After their six sets of clothes, free TV, weight room, and soccer field are gone, then what? They will either be sent back to the impoverishment in their home country or have to seek permanent shelter here. How will they be employed? Will they be able to succeed in school?
We already have about 610,000 homeless individuals of our own, with more than a third of them living unsheltered. Many of them are children. Should we not be providing shelters for these Americans before sending mixed messages to those in other countries?
Slowly, but surely, however, lawmakers are beginning to tackle the problem. The House last week passed HR 5230 by Texas Rep. John Carter. It is a Texas-Mexico border security bill to the tune of $694 million. That is well short of the $3.7 billion that the president had demanded, but still quite expensive.
Mr. Obama belittled the effort, stating that it was only symbolic and not substantive. It had no chance of passing the Senate, he said, and even if it would somehow pass the Senate, he made it plain that he would never sign it.
To his credit, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar joined the Republicans in voting for this border supplemental bill. It includes some relief for Texas taxpayers in the form of increased security, but is offset by cuts in other areas. Being from Laredo, Cuellar knows firsthand how bad the situation is, and he is looking out for his constituents.
Still, President Barack Obama and his administration blame a “do nothing” Congress. If this president can’t have it his way, he’ll just take his balls and go play golf.
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