Suffer the Children? They Certainly Would if Certain Idiot Arizona Politicians Had Their Druthers
What did Arizona's political leaders learn from the debacle over Arizona's ethnic-cleansing legislation, Senate Bill 1070?
Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic Horne, exploiting the fate of innocent kids in a pathetic attempt to save his sorry hide.
They learned that hysteria, misinformation, and grandstanding work, as far as garnering attention, and that saying the dumbest thing you can is often surest route to getting your mug on Fox News.
But wait, what if you end up scapegoating children and their moms? What if the solutions you offer are at best deleterious and at worst impossible?
No biggie. There are enough haters from the redneck persuasion out there -- especially among Republican primary voters -- that any ludicrous suggestion tinged with fear-mongering will win you some votes.
So when it comes to the humanitarian crisis of refugees from Central America crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, is it any surprise that the lowest of the low, embattled Attorney General Tom Horne, would take a pause from breaking campaign finance laws and dodging the FBI to stick his sagging beak into the crisis?
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."