By Bryan Fischer
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on Facebook at “Focal Point”
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.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)