An article about churches and illegal aliens...and the DN doesn't even have
anything to say about the LDS Church.
In a message delivered to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and
Development on Monday, the pope drew attention to the migrant children who he
said often undertake the dangerous border crossing into the US alone in order to
escape violence in their home countries: "This humanitarian
emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and
protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are
accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey
and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin."
I have no problem with being humane and kind. I think it is wonderful to
humanely give the illegal immigrants a healthy sack lunch while kindly putting
them on a bus to take them back to Mexico, Guatemala, etc. There should be no
need for further processing beyond determining which bus to put them on.
shane offers the epitome of inhumane treatment of people, it's a tragedy
that opinions like his get printed. don't call your idea humane or kind,
shane, it's as opposite as can be.I'm with the Pope when
he encourages us to "welcome and protect" these children. I'm with
churches who open their facilities to house these refugees. In this way
churches and other charitable organizations are often better than the
gov't, quicker than the gov't, and cheaper than gov't
"solutions". The gov't should reach out to churches and charities
and partner with people who will open their homes to these refugees.Of course a long term fix is to stop the causes of violence and poverty in
their home countries, let's get to work helping those countries see
straight. Refugees like these need immediate help, not shouting and
screaming blockers. There are short term and long term needs here. Let's
be humane and compassionate and help people in need here and now.
Some people say that the highest priority is to shut down the porous border.
Since the government appears powerless to do so, I suggest the next highest
priority is to open the international gates along that border to these children.
That way the children can be documented as they enter the U.S., and families
already here know where to pick them up.The humanitarian crisis is
made worse by having them sneak across the Rio Grande River in dangerous
circumstances, with no way to communicate with the families prepared to receive
them.Otherwise, we are simply giving the smugglers more business.
To "dave4197" but what about being humane to the cities where the
immigrants are being dumped? Could your school system handle the influx of
2,000 or more students that speak no English and may be carrying infectious
disease? Dropping off some of the people into populated areas is no better than
when the Indians were given blankets laden with smallpox.The humane
thing is to clean them, feed them, let them rest for a day or two, then ship
them back to their countries of origin. If they decline to identify their
country of origin, we have no choice but to send them to Mexico where they
gained entry into the US, and let them figure out where the illegal people have
Ten days ago the federal government released a report explaining WHY these
children are coming here. Out of 230 people surveyed by the Border Patrol upon
capture 219 of them said they were coming here because Obama was offering
amnesty to young people and that the government was not enforcing our
immigration laws.They aren't fleeing violence back home; they are
coming here to be Obama's DREAMERS.Let's not make this a case of
refugees. By their own admission the are drawn here because our immigration laws
are not being enforced.To their surprise, this false information has
become true due to loopholes in the law. A Notice to Appear is just as good as
amnesty because they can live and work here without worry.
I'm always told as a rebuttal to abortion that there are plenty of people
wanting to adopt...Well, we just had an influx of 50,000 minors.
Put your money where your mouth is.
We've always been a nation of immigrants. We legally let in more than
1million per year. Thats' in addition to millions of student visas.Problem is, we don't have infinite resources. At some point, we,
as a nation will be so broke that we can't even take care of our own.Do we want to become as destitute as the nations' that are sending
their unwanted here?Even today homeless persons (legal U.S.
residents)are asking WHY the illegal alien trespassers are faring so much better
than them.Shouldn't we be helping our own residents FIRST?
It's great that the Churches are stepping up and helping. After encouraging
people to come here illegally, some of them bear part of the responsibility of
what's happening. I hope they don't buy those who re-write
history and try to blame it on violence and poverty. The government knows they
are here for the amnesty. Biden and Kerry have both told the people of Central
America that they will not get waiver-amnesty. That it is only for people here
before the deadline.
Take them back same day and make every employer do e-verify. Have the social
security administration report all ss# that don't match the name and help
these people return home to their families. We all know theres love at home.
What's ironic is that there is another recent article here in the DN
stating that these illegals each paid between $5,000 and $10,000 per head to
have professional smugglers get each to the U.S. border. Obviously, they are not
destitute. And yet once here, many people treat them as if they are
penniless and destitute and came to escape gross poverty. Destitute people in
dire poverty don't ante-up $5k to $10k to travel. I can't even do
that. So they come here with ideas of what they've been
told... that America will not send them back and that they will get all kinds of
charity and welfare. And so they do. People like dave4197 always
believe whatever story is the saddest and most heartbreaking, regardless of what
the actual situation is and without ever bothering to research the truth. Then
they condemn and judge anyone who does. Sad. No wonder there are entire huge
industries who continue operating on the premise of Americans' overly naive
charity and generosity. Generosity and charity are wonderful if
combined with sanity and done in ways that don't encourage more illegal
activity. This does.