American Kids are People Too

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kidsThe White House and the much of the media have talked endlessly about “the kids” who are pouring over our borders. No doubt there has been a tremendous surge in the number of children crossing illegally into the United States, lured by the Obama administration’s lack of border and interior enforcement, DACA, and the perpetual promise of future amnesties. But many, and by reliable accounts, most who are now coming illegally are not children, and that detail has been virtually ignored in the conversations about what must be done to secure the border and repatriate those illegally in the United States. So, too, is the fact that the information about the age (average age of fourteen), country of origin, and intent of the unaccompanied minors comes from the aliens themselves.

The “humanitarian crisis” is man-made, and it is not just the fault of President Obama. The entire Democratic and Republican leadership share responsibility for what is occurring, and for failing to take immediate steps to remedy the situation. It is clear that the President is intent on politicizing the ongoing immigration crisis in order to use it against Republicans in the mid-term elections. This is a grave miscalculation by the White House, as signaled by comments made by Steny Hoyer and other top Democrats, who have spoken out against the President’s failure to act in the national interest.

On the other side of the aisle, the Republican leadership has been backed into a corner and can no longer ignore the concerns of the American public. They are still reeling from the Eric Cantor primary loss and are trying to avoid the defection of their base over immigration. House Speaker Boehner has said that he might add the executive amnesties to the lawsuit he is preparing against the President, though Boehner has done nothing the past six years to ensure that the border was secure and our immigration laws were being enforced.

While the Obama Administration is trying to manage the unfolding public relations crisis, top Republicans in Congress are still trying to find a way to pass amnesty and massive increases in the admission of immigrants and guest workers to placate their corporate financiers. Their recent tough talk is a welcome change, but they need to do more than hold a blustery press conference to effect change.

The non-stop hand wringing over “the kids” is being used to deflect attention away from the larger problem of mass illegal immigration that resumed in 2009 after a short downtick following the 2007 recession. Americans don’t oppose treating illegal alien children humanely, or adult illegal aliens for that matter. But assuring the safety and welfare of illegal aliens before they are sent back to their home countries does not equate with failing to protect the safety and welfare of the American people by turning federal agents into traffickers who transport illegal aliens to the interior of the country –where they most likely will remain permanently. The actions (and inaction) of the Obama administration on immigration policy for the past five and half years have been reprehensible, and the response (or lack thereof) by top Republicans has been indefensible.

There are about 70 million native-born children in the United States. Their future hangs in the balance here, yet the President of the United States is unconcerned about “doing right by them.”

As Senator Jeff Sessions so poignantly asked: “When did we forget that a nation owes its first allegiance to her own citizens?”

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  1. avatar

    In Seattle, the World Cup Turned Off the Seattle Mariners on TV Screens Yesterday

    In America, Central American children replace our American children, many living homeless.

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    To most Americans, immigration is a small blip on their radar screen. They have no idea how huge it is to people abroad. They **** on every word from the mouths of our elected non-elected officials, large corporations, and others.

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    Obama has not been concern with Americans since taking office other than our pocket books. He is ignoring the crisis in my state and now he want to talk about the economy. Mr. President, since you are now aware has bee in a free fall for some time and that millions of Americans are out of work. How do you propose we support the 10’s of thousands of illegal individuals (most are adults) in the country and entering. They can manage to pay a smuggler $8 to $12K to smuggle them or their child to the United States on $200 a month income. Why not keep this money and support your own family. It is not the responsibility of the American people to support every countries poor population.

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    Well said Eric! Why aren’t our leaders more concerned about protecting American children (and adults) from being exposed to the diseases these people are carrying? Their job is to represent the best interests of the citizens of the US, not the interests of citizens of foreign countries who want to move here, least of all foreigners who have broken our laws to enter our country illegally.

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    Concerned Citizen on

    “…turning Federal agents into traffickers…”

    Yes, absolutely. The infrastructure of government has been mobilized to serve narrow special interests at the expense of America’s citizens. I think the American people increasingly know it, and I wonder how angry that makes ordinary folks feel.

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    arnlof sweigeir ft on

    Eric get your facts straight……… It is not Obama”s administrations fault…….

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      If you bothered to read paragraphs 3 and 4, you would see the Republicans come in for their share of criticism.

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          Why do you take four posts to say the same thing? And from the article: “it is not just the fault” of the president.

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            arnlof sweigeir ft on

            Think…..because it is nobody’s fault for them to decide to come here….now it is the congress’ fault for not acting in some immigration reform at once w the president to avoid even a. Bigger crisis……

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            arnlof sweigeir ft on

            Think…..because it is nobody’s fault for them to decide to come here….now it is the congress’ fault for not acting in some immigration reform at once w the president to avoid even a. Bigger crisis……jfjc

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        arnlof sweigeir ft on

        Read the article Leland….another blame to Obama by Eric regarding the 7OM us children….. Completely off the bowl when Boehner and the congress is to blame for this…crooked article…

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        arnlof sweigeir ft on

        Read the article Leland….another blame to Obama by Eric regarding the 7OM us children….. Completely off the bowl when Boehner and the congress is to blame for this…crooked article…ndjxjjc

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          You repeat the same identical posts, but you throw in a few letters at the end to make them “different”.

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            arnlof sweigeir ft on

            OK…forgot to mention when I submit my feedback it is out of my control it prints twice…