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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

"I can't wait to study and work" said young immigrant refugee from Central America on NBCToday


Instead of President Obama visiting the immigrant processing facilities on the Texas border, packed with children, I submit the American people should be demanding for Speaker John Boehner to visit these immigrant refugee children, instead.

Meanwhile, the kids fleeing Central America and landing in the U.S., need our help.

There’s a wave of unaccompanied children from Central America flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border. 

These children are here because they risked their lives to find a future, free from the violence of heinous  gang violence in their home countries.  On NBCToday, one young man said he was going to Virginia to "study and work".

For mean spirited, and wrong minded people, who call themselves Americans, all of them descendants of immigrants, to consider blocking or turning back these desperate children, is totally wrong.

Americans must respond to this humanitarian crises with compassion.  

First and foremost, these immigrant children want to go to school and to work. They did not risk their lives to be a burden on American society.  Rather, they overcame dangerous terrain during an arduous journey for the purpose of working toward finding a better life than the one they left behind.

Compassion appears to be the motivation of Dallas County Texas humanitarians, who are responding appropriately to the sad childen immigrants.  Rather than wasting time pointing fingers at inept politicians, whose inaction started this wave of refugee immigration, they're working with Catholic Charities and Christian groups to respond to the needs of the children.

In fact, Dallas County plans to soon welcome 2,000 of the 52,000 children who’ve entered the country illegally in recent months

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was in the border town of McAllen Wednesday and toured immigration centers that are sheltering children. Three of the Dallas County shelters were announced Thursday afternoon.

The Dallas delegation, which included State Sen. Royce West, went to McAllen detention centers where mostly unaccompanied children were living. Reporters weren’t allowed inside. After the visit, West called what he saw deplorable. He saw 15 to 20 children stuffed in rooms designed for just five – and they shared one bathroom. Many of the kids hadn’t bathed in days, West said.

“Based on even the most fundamental standards that we have in the United States, the conditions they’re living in right now would not be acceptable to Texans,” West said.

Jenkins told critics to stand aside!

“Whatever you think about immigration, these are children," Jenkins said. "We have the capability to ensure that this is handled in a safe way. Step back and let us do our jobs. Remember, if the shoe were on the other foot, and it was your child that’s 1,000 miles away from you, you would be praying for someone to do what we’re trying to do now.”

Although 2,000 children saved from deplorable conditions in holding centers are only a fraction of those needing help, Jenkins' boldness in his humanitarian response on behalf of Dallas County is a role model for other communities.

Nevertheless, the waves of immigrants traveling into Texas must be stopped.  

This humanitarian crises is a result of Republicans who failed to pass immigration reform proposed by President Obama.

Republicans should be accountable to the American people for their inability to get anything done- and now there's another crises. 

As a result, Americans will likely spend billions of dollars to try to fix an immigration loophole allowing these children to stay in the US, a problem that should have been managed before it turned into this humanitarian crises. Mean spirited people are blaming the immigrant refugees for their desperate situation, rather than the Republican politicians who decided to do nothing when something could have helped prevent this crises. 

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, R-AZ, told News Hour's Judy Woodruff that he and other Republicans couldn't have foreseen this crises when they didn't pass President Obama's immigration reform and allowed the loophole now keeping the kids in the U.S.  Because of the loophole, the children are given a court date and released. Ninety percent never show up for their court dates.

Maybe, what Senator Flake really meant to say was, "Well, we (Republicans) knew this was coming, but we didn't believe it would be in the faces of thousands of unaccompanied children...."

Republicans should be visiting these refugee immigrant children and explaining to President Obama, and the American people, how it was they were unable to pass meaningful immigration reform, or anything else, for that matter.

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