As a flood of juvenile humanity overflows our southern border, alarmed citizens react and respond.
Those who react, do so angrily with public protests, demanding tighter border control and calling for sending them back to “where they came from”.
Regarding unaccompanied minors, protesters want them sent back to their parents. Well, what if one or more parent already lives here in our country? Better still, what if the child has neither father nor mother to return to?
Those who respond to the crisis volunteer to serve in order to assist overwhelmed border control officials to get relief from disease and suffering.
If you are still reading at this point, I invite you to learn about the whys and wherefores of this historic northward migration of unaccompanied children and children accompanied by their mothers.
I see three aspects to this unprecedented national migration: humanitarian, political and criminal.
On the political aspect, this sitting president intentionally catalyzed the migration using an adaptation of the Cloward-Piven Strategy to overwhelm social services. After president Obama announced his intention to bypass Congress to grant ‘amnistía‘, anxious families immediately began finding ways to get their children to Eldorado (the golden city). We know how to deal with this issue: IMPEACH this outlaw, anti-American president and his cabinet.
On the criminal aspect, Mexican criminals take advantage of this wave to move drugs, arms, money and sex slaves across our southern border. It has been reported Muslim terrorists also take advantage of the confusion to slip in unnoticed. Obviously, concentrated, well-equipped law enforcement is the only way to combat this aspect of unlawful border incursions.
I draw your attention to the humanitarian aspect. To this end, let’s examine a few factors.
Who are they?
This chart shows distribution by country of undocumented aliens captured along our southern border.
This next chart shows more specifically the nations from which accompanied and unaccompanied minors flee,
Last of all, WHY they flee their home countries to make an uncertain and perilous journey across Mexico to find a way into the “land of the free”.
A number of high-quality documentaries tell the stories of various immigrants from Central America. I recommend “Which Way Home” available on Netflix and other online on-demand providers.
Which way home trailer no.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmLMCuatzV0
Which way home trailer no.2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in6nif9RSzw
This documentary follows three children who make a dangerous trek through Mexico en route to the U.S. border, hoping to reunite with their parents.
Last of all, let’s look at legal status of some of the kids.
All those from eligible countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua enjoy Temporary Protected Status (TPS) afforded by current U.S. immigration law.
Will you react or respond? I believe our choice to either react or respond to this human crisis. Choosing to react, is to say these unwanted persons are “illegal immigrants” and, I must say, this is a legal argument. However, choosing to respond to this unprecedented influx of persons, is to recognize they are refugees.
The status of refugee is a well-defined term recognized by international law to which the U.S. government subscribes.
“…owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
Learn more about the International Refugee Law via this link: http://www.geneva-academy.ch/RULAC/international_refugee_law.php
From the Bible we learn Jesus and his family were refugees from a murderous king (Matthew 2:13-15). Friends of the Apostle Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, were refugees from oppressive Roman government (Acts 18:2).
O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, And my refuge in the day of distress, To You the nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, Futility and things of no profit.” – Jeremiah 16:19