By Bryan Fischer
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Everyone is by now well aware of
the tsunami of illegal alien children, unaccompanied by any caring adult, which
is sweeping across our southern border.
And contrary to the lies
President Obama has been telling, 95% of this flood of immigrants say that violence
in their homeland has nothing to do with them breaking into our country.
They’re coming because the president has promised everybody in the world they
can stay and receive all kinds of rewards for breaking the law.
As a result, unaccompanied
minors as young as three have ridden in packed-to-the-gills buses and on the
top of a train called “The Beast” to make it to America. These children are in
the hands of cold, uncaring human traffickers from the beginning of their
journey to its end and, in many tragic cases, wind up in the hands of sex
traffickers. All the routes that coyotes follow are in the hands of the Mexican
drug cartels, who get a slice off of every human being the traffickers smuggle
across our border.
These children are now
warehoused in hideous, barb-wire topped detention centers, where Border Patrol
agents have been reduced to changing diapers and heating formula instead of
stopping the drug cartels, who are running the entire show and laughing all the
way to the bank while they poison our communities and destroy our youth.
This entire affair is a crime
against humanity. For the president and addle-brained Republicans to support a
policy of amnesty for smuggled children is a travesty, and leads to the kind of
inhuman conditions these children find themselves in today. And there is
absolutely no indication that the president intends to stem the tide any time
in the near future if at all.
What is the compassionate
response to all this? How should a Christian nation respond? The answer is
simple and direct: we need to reunite these children with their parents.
We spend untold amounts of time,
energy and money in an effort to restore missing children to their parents in
the United States. We issue amber alerts and put the faces of missing children
on milk cartons. It’s time we show the same compassion to these poor children.
The process would actually be
quite simple. These unaccompanied minors come primarily from El Salvador,
Guatemala and Honduras. The children can and should be returned, the same day
they are apprehended crossing our border, to the capital city of their home
It’s obvious we have the planes
to do it, since we are using them to fly children to Phoenix and Tucson and
Nogales and San Diego and Oxnard and Oklahoma and Massachusetts and who knows
where else. Let’s use these planes to get these children home where they belong
instead of locking them up in a warehouse on naval bases.
There, after they have been
returned to their homeland, local officials can do the work of reuniting these
children with the parents who call that country home. These officials can do
it. To assume they can’t is an insult to their intelligence and capability, and
I for one would not be so xenophobic as to suggest that Central American leaders
are not up to the task.
What about illegal alien
children who have illegal alien parents already here? Again, we ought to
believe in and practice family reunification. Let’s reunite these families and
then return them intact to their homeland. If a member of such a family has the
legal right to remain in the United States, then we let that individual choose
whether he stays here or returns with the rest of his family to his native
Respecting the rule of law,
returning lost children to their parents, reuniting families and keeping them
together - it’s what any compassionate, Christian immigration policy should be
about. Let’s start today.
(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.)