Feathered Bastard

Suffer the Children? They Certainly Would if Certain Idiot Arizona Politicians Had Their Druthers

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As everyone knows, refugees from Central America recently have been overwhelming authorities in Texas, so the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its sub-agencies, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have been transporting the overflow to Arizona for processing.

For about 10 days, this meant hundreds of parents and children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were getting bused to the Greyhound station in Phoenix, where they found help from local Samaritans, particularly an organization called the Phoenix Restoration Project.

PRP organizer Cyndi Whitmore tells me it wasn't the first time that this has happened. She and her fellow volunteers have helped individuals dropped off at the Greyhound station for the past two years, offering them food and water, clothing, and sometimes helping with bus tickets.

Whitmore says there were no unaccompanied minors at the bus station. All children dropped off in Phoenix were with a parent. And the adults had paperwork showing they'd been granted humanitarian parole and given a date to appear in immigration court.

Basically, ICE was adhering to standard procedure, processing people and letting them go if they're not criminals and haven't been removed before. These individuals will be in removal proceedings for the foreseeable future.

"That's what ICE does," Whitmore said. "They've been doing it a long time. A lot of people aren't aware of that. It was clear that our politicians weren't."

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