The Response of Too Many Americans to Kids' Fleeing Violence in Central America Has Been Ugliness and Hysteria

A sort of moral sickness has gripped this country in the face of the unprecedented number of minors crossing the border in Texas, one that manifests itself in panic, falsehoods, sheer stupidity, and knee-jerk nativist hatred.

In Lawrenceville, Virgina (population 1,300), residents recently pitched a fit when they found out the federal government contracted with a small, shuttered college there to house 500 of the more than 47,000 migrant kids who have been taken into custody by the feds since October.

Never mind that the plan would have pumped much-needed revenue into the town, the residents didn't want any of them dang "illegals" housed nearby their homesteads, so the feds scuttled the plan.

I'll remember this should some disaster ever befall that burg so I have an excuse not to contribute to the relief effort.

Some militia crazies and other extremists are threatening to man the Texas-Mexican border to repeal the, um, "invasion" of moms, dads, and children fleeing violence and disorder in places such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Another Bundy Ranch in the making? Who knows? Sometimes this online wingnut chest-thumping manifests itself in reality. I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before some wack-job hurts a migrant child with his constitutionally protected AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

I say that because I'm beginning to receive e-mails like I did during the height of the Arizona Senate Bill 1070 insanity in 2010, spinning the dark fantasies of their authors.

I debated one guy back and forth via e-mail until he proffered that violence would be appropriate.

Even toward migrant children, I wondered?

"Yes, to defend my border, I will shoot everything in sight," said this troglodyte.

Hey, as long as you start with yourself . . .

Right-wing outlets proffer wild conspiracy theories, maintaining that the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the border was engineered by President Obama as a means to pass long-stalled immigration reform.

Which has got to be one of the singularly dumbest things I've ever read or heard. The current crisis has been no boon to the pro-immigrant movement, that's for sure.

It also did not take place overnight.

Earlier this year, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees issued a report on the phenomenon titled Children on the Run, which noted an increase in asylum seekers "both children and adults," since 2009. The current "surge" in the number of "unaccompanied and separated children" from Central America dates to October 2011, according to the report, which relies in part on statistics from the U.S. government.

The UNHCR study interviewed 404 displaced children, about 100 from each of the Central American Countries involved (including Mexico), who "arrived to the U.S. during or after October 2011."

It found that 58 percent of the 404 children may have legitimate claims to asylum, and since the study was designed to be statistically significant, it concludes that 58  percent of these same children still arriving could fall under protections afforded under international law.

One 15-year-old girl, Maritza from El Salvador, told researchers that a gang member had eyes for her, and that another gang member told her uncle to get her out of El Salvador before something bad happened to her.

"In El Salvador, they take young girls, rape them, and throw them in plastic bags," she said. "My uncle told me it wasn't safe to for me to stay there and that I should go to the United States."

A 16-year-old boy from Guatemala related how he escaped getting killed by gangsters there. A 17-year-old from Honduras explained how he feared a gang would shoot him.

Another 17-year-old from El Salvador told of how the M-18 gang killed two police officers assigned to protect his school, as well as two kids he went to school with, and were looking to kill him, until he fled the country.

A report released in November by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops contained similar anecdotes and noted that there were a "series of interrelated factors" driving the current surge, but the main factor was "generalized violence" and a "breakdown in the rule of law."

Yes, there have been reports of rumors and misinformation in these countries that also have primed the pump of the exodus. But why should children in legitimate fear for their lives be sent back to their home countries to die?

International law, U.S. law, and moral law demand otherwise, and yet our politicians seem hell-bent on sending some of these kids back to certain death.

Recently, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, once known online by his handle "Studboi1," held a Security Summit attended by several Republican candidates for governor.

Ignoring Babeu's own shady past of threatening his Mexican ex-boyfriend with deportation, these pols proceeded to put the goober into gubernatorial by spouting nonsense on the subject of immigration and the current humanitarian crisis.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, concerning the moms and children dropped off at Phoenix's Greyhound bus terminal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he would have ordered the Arizona National Guard or Department of Public Safety to arrest federal officials involved and thereby stop the buses from discharging immigrants already processed by ICE.

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downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Every kid that is smuggled across means another 5k in the Zeta's pockets.  Each one of these"families" that pays the coyotes is financing the very terrorist groups that prey upon their communities.  Yet its all the bad white people's fault. Fuck you

looker
looker

Mr. Lemons, your articles would be much more informative if you told both sides of the story.

ipolitics123
ipolitics123

"A sort of moral sickness has gripped this country..."


Funny you should say that.   My first thought is that any country that can't muster the moral strength to control its own borders is, in fact, morally sick.  However, I think you and I would prescribe very different "cures."

richard.grayson1
richard.grayson1

"Response of Too Many Americans to Kids' Fleeing Violence in Central America Has Been Ugliness and Hysteria"

You live in Arizona.  Here in Brooklyn, the response is different, as I'm sure it is in the other civilized parts of the United States.  

Skiff
Skiff

We are getting the WORST of the WORST from those countries. Just like when Haiti sent their AIDS carriers over here- we are getting the stupid, the classless, the filthy, ignorant and uneducated from down south of the border. In this article there's a claim that Lawrenceville is giving up "much needed revenue"?? Are you delusional?? Do you have ANY idea what these unskilled cost our country? Not a scientist, nor a physicist, mathematician or anyone with an IQ above 90 in that bunch of immigrants. Newsflash: NO ONE WANTS THEM HERE. No one. Good for Lawrenceville! PS- Baltimore did the same- they said "we don't want 'em" good for them. Want to see what "benefits" even working illegals do to a town? Look up Postville Iowa. All of those illegals got jobs right away- they also ended up COSTING that town millions. The schools were overloaded with gorilla children- none spoke English- the town's crime rate skyrocketed. These people had 7 people crammed in a smelly one room trailer- they are the lowest class people on the planet. No smart or good looking people from those countries migrate over here, only the garbage.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

Solution for Illegal Aliens (Immigrants) Entering United States

Build stations similar to “Ellis Island” every couple hundred miles called an “Entry Port”

With the below:

Data system (suggest amazon or American express set it up)

·Must be of age

·Must have identification

·Birth Date

·Place of Birth

·Parents

·Nationality

Medical Facility

·Test for communicable diseases

Financial Center

·Must have X number of dollars to enter US

·Issue a work permit

After they have met the criteria issue them a temporary entry card and must apply for a permanent card within 2 years

·Must not have a criminal record

·No communicable diseases

·Must have money

They are now documented without special privileges, i.e. cannot bring family, do not qualify to vote, receive welfare, etc.

The History of Ellis Island

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station.

Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

ladyrider
ladyrider

@richard.grayson1 So what are you saying here?  Are you saying that New Yorkers would welcome them all with open arms?  Feed and clothe and house them?  


Hey Mr Obammy there ya go SEND THEM ALL TO NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  


Idiot.  You people in the East or Midwest have NO clue what this is really like.  You want them all?  Great hey more power to ya.  Maybe then we can get Arizona cleaned up.


And no I am NOT a "racist" I am a law abiding US CITIZEN in this country who doesn't like any illegals crawling over here and staying for years and years


Funny that all of a sudden there is too much violence?  Hmm what's different now over the last oh say 10 years?  I'll tell you what's different.  We have a pussy as POTUS and the Mexicans and other countries know it.  They know exactly what they are doing with this bullshit of mass buses.  


 
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