Feathered Bastard

Casting Millstones: Ugliness and Hysteria Has Been the Response of Too Many Americans to the Plight of Migrant Kids

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But as I outlined in last week's column, Arizona officials have zero authority over federal officials lawfully doing their jobs. The federal government decides who can stay in the United States, not Bennett or any other Arizona politician.

Bennett would be ordering false arrests that inevitably would result in lawsuits that would cost the state plenty in payouts.

Both Bennett and fellow goober Christine Jones bandied about a figure of more than $2 billion per year that illegal immigration supposedly costs the state.

But that old canard, produced by the nativist hate organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has been debunked many times by actual immigration experts, who've painstakingly demonstrated that the figure does not account for the economic benefits of immigrants, whether here legally or illegally.

Jones, who subsequently was endorsed by Babeu, also issued a border security plan that she says will cost taxpayers $270 million, despite her wanting to cut taxes and an Arizona budget that faces massive shortfalls in 2016 and 2017.

I asked her spokeswoman, Anna Haberlein, where the $270 million will come from.

"Christine will work with the state Legislature to reprioritize the state budget," she told me.

Uh-huh. If Jones knew anything about "border security," she'd know that the Arizona-Mexico border is more secure than it's been in years, which is why people are crossing the Rio Grande instead of the desert in Arizona.

Two hundred seventy million dollars? Talk about a boondoggle.

But what should we expect from ex-GoDaddy exec Jones when even former U.S. Secretary of State and putative presidential contender Hillary Clinton recently told CNN that the migrant kids "should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are."

Really? As a former Secretary of State, Clinton should be familiar with the concept of non-refoulement, the guarantee under international law that individuals will not be returned to the danger they fled.

U.S. immigration law regarding refugees and asylum-seekers echoes this principle.

Forget the law. Since the Bible supposedly is Hillary's favorite book, perhaps she will recall that line in the New Testament when Christ says that for anyone who hurts a child, it would be better "for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

These days, there are not enough millstones to go around.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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