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

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Ken Bennett says if he were governor, he would have ordered DPS and the Arizona National Guard to arrest federal employees transporting kids to a Phoenix bus station, though that "order" would be illegal.

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, Virginia (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 52,000 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 nixed 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 repel 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 traffic in 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.

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DNichols
DNichols

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville

A very wise 1840's French Historian.

Facing this current humanitarian crisis involving children I wonder what would good Americans do?

I don't think true Americans would build Jails for children, or Human ovens.

Perhaps allow the children to be adopted?

To: Good, may it prevail.

BubbleGirl
BubbleGirl

The writer is a large lonely man who has always felt like "they" are the reason he feels lonely, eats too much and never gets any chicks. These same types of people are readily eager take their own self pity/victimization and transfer it onto everybody else in hope of making themselves feel better. But, like this writer in particular, it doesn't matter how many years they blame all the "bullies" out there for all the world's problems, they never seem to be able to shake their own demons. Imagine spending your life screeching about "those people" being victims because of "those other people" - and NEVER making a change for the better. It must be a miserable existence.

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slinky
slinky

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

HA! like this fat fuck with his meager salary would contribute anyway. what a fucktard,

roblukacs
roblukacs

Why dont we construct a giant catapult with benches on it and shoot them back over the wall to Mehee-co

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

America cannot absorb all of the excessive by-product of the developing world's failure to embrace family planning, education and economic mobility.

Larry Gorst
Larry Gorst

If you say it is free, the whole world will show up, duh.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

A nation of immigrants who opened their arms to the sick and struggling and all. Shame on everyone's disgusting response to children who are doing what misinformed people tell them to and whose lives are in danger. America has become a selfish nation

Cindy Coleman
Cindy Coleman

What's disgusting is warehousing them! They need to be at home with friends and family!

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

I would say a more accurate reaction would be revulsion at the human traffickers who abuse these kids.  But all the traffickers are latino so they are above reproach by lemonhead.

Holli Brown
Holli Brown

I've talked with teens who WALKED to USA from Guatemala & El Salvador to escape extreme poverty & violence. I can only hope that I would be that strong & brave, and pray that I never have to be.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

Another solution from Bosman ar Right Speak--Sort these kids out by country. Bus/Fly them to their countries embassies here in the U.S. and leave them there. Post Guards around these embassies so THEY CAN'T LEAVE unless it was by 'escorted' bus to the border or airport for departure out of the U.S.


An embassy is an extension of that country it represents .. so technically, we'd be sending them home.

How long do you suppose it would take these countries to STEP UP TO THE PLATE and solve the problem?
Next: 
Pass a bill in the House/Senate holding the country in which an illegal crosses our borders FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE for anyone entering the U.S. through our shared borders.

Deduct the costs of caring/transporting these ILLEGALS from monies earmarked as aide or from any investments they have in this country.

Again, HOW LONG do you think it would take MEXICO to take a closer look at their borders .. AND TIGHTEN THINGS UP on THEIR SIDE?

Of course, these are very rough, but I think the ideas are solid and I believe they put the responsibility where it belongs.

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.

arizonanewtimes.com
arizonanewtimes.com

It's all true and you liberals hate that the word has gotten out!  The border must be secured either with more fences or with high-powered weapons. Take your pick, what's it gonna be? If the government won't secure the border, we will.

And we will not change those diseased babies diapers like Border Patrol agents have been doing.

srslyhelpingguise
srslyhelpingguise

You guys are all over the place! I'm still working on #bringbackourgirls. Do you guys have a hash tag yet?

james8394
james8394

If Americans really want to do something about this situation and illegal immigration in general the single best thing to do would be to stop buying illegal drugs. Folks always say "follow the money", well that's where the money comes from. And for those who would say it's the fault of prohibition, I say fine but stop buying till you get the law changed.  

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

When will Kenny order the arrest of his own son for those events involving a broom stick and young boy's butts?  What a group the GOP in AZ is.....

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Christian beliefs..... naw...just plain old nut cases.

itsthekindthingtodo
itsthekindthingtodo

just ship the fucking peasants south. the libtards will find something else to feign outrage over, and expect somebody else to pay for, in short order.

dtmac
dtmac

What papers would Jesus ask to see? How about a little empathy and christian kindness. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@slinky

Wish we knew who stinky is, so we could all agree he deserves zip if some catastrophe happens to him..

rayboinski
rayboinski

@roblukacs I see you ate your daily bowl of stupid, you ignorant fool, why don't you get back into bed with your sista estupido.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@roblukacs

They ain't from Me-hee-co, dumbass. 


Let's get all the retard perckerwoods like you, stick yall in the caterpult and fling yall somewheres. 


The collective IQ of the nation will increase exponentially.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

Get your checkbook out Patty - you've got a lot of adopted children to house, feed and clothe. 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

That is why they need to be repatriated within less than a week of arriving at the border. Home is where the heart is. 

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Fox lines their pockets with their daily witch hunts, of hatred, racism and bigotry. Shameful and disgusting.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@barbaraespinosa1

Sorry, no, you can't do this. The kids may have a legitimate asylum claim. And under U.S. law, children have to be treated a certain way. These flights of fantasy may make right-wingers feel good, but they are not legitimate. Next.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

"The border must be secured, either with more fences or with high powered weapons."

Well Robert, ask Speaker John Boehner why a bill approving $50B in supplemental border security spending has never been brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Lol did you hear WK?

Ted Cruz thinks religious beliefs and freedoms are under attack....

This guy deserves to be booted...

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs @barbaraespinosa1 Mr Tibbs that was a solution by someone else. I agree with Bosman to a certain exstint. Minor children under 10-12 can't be afraid and they certainly couldn't travel alone. There are adults escorting them across the border.

Some comments:Illegal Mom Caught At Border: “People Told Me If You Go To The United States, Your Children Can Go To School”…Illegal Immigrant Mother: “All Children Need To Do Is Hand Themselves Over To The Border Patrol”…Homeland Security To Buy Umpteen Bajillion Pairs Of Underwear For Illegal Immigrants up to a size 6X...Only 2% of Illegal Immigrant Children Have Been Deported…Illegal Immigrants Believe Border Patrol Agents Must Let Them Stay in US...Illegals Phone Home, Say 'Permisos' Allowing Them to Live in US for Years...The US borrows over 40% of every dollar spent and the taxpayers cannot support the world. To allow underage children to remain in the US is a burden to the American taxpayer. Unemployment is over 25 million and rising. The border needs to be secured and only adults allowed to enter with proper papers. See my solution athttp://www.americanfreedombybarbara.com/2014/06/temporay-entry-ports-solution-for.html

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 Why are you not comprehending the senates plan with regards to the 50 billion ? the added border security does not come into play until AFTER all the other amnesty legislation is in progress. what I read was Homeland security has 6 months to come up with a plan on securing the border and 5 years to implement it. The majority in the house demand the border be secured 1st and verified by our border state governors. This has overwhelming support from both side's of our citizen voters. Democrats are now blaming Republicans for the new wave of illegals entering because house Republicans refuse to adopt the senates plan meanwhile our border is being stampeded

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 My Eagle Scout Certificate is signed by Nixon, and my business licence by Broomstick Bennett.  They hang together on a wall, and make me laugh whenever I look at them!

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@barbaraespinosa1 @TheyCallMeMrTibbs

Barbara, Google "Le Bestia" or "Riding the Beast." Children do make that trek, sadly. The children are turning themselves in to BP once they get over the border. I like your idea about the Ellis Island stations. In the meantime, we should treat children as a civilized country should. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I have an even better idea John.

Under IRCA, employers aren't required to authenticate documents. Why not make sure the documents presented are real?

Enhance employers computers to authenticate ssn's id's, etc. If it comes up fake, the person doesn't get the job and goes to jail.

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