Skip to comments.The Heartlessness Charge
Posted on 07/15/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
"The heartlessness and nativist pandering that have broken America's immigration system must give way to providing proper food, clothing, shelter and medical care to the Central American children streaming into the country," so pronounced the editors of the New York Daily News. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. echoed the theme in his "Bordering on Heartless" column, noting that Glenn Beck has "come under fierce attack" for his proposal to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to the children stuck at the border. "It's one more sign," Dionne writes, "of how the crisis at the border has brought out the very worst in our political system and a degree of plain nastiness that we should not be proud of as a nation."
Charges of Republican or conservative heartlessness about the children flooding the border have been common. Some journalists seemingly cannot type the word Republican without the modifier "heartless." But where is the evidence of this supposed callousness, and why is it any greater among Republicans than Democrats?
The flag-waving protesters who confronted buses of children in Murrieta, California, were unseemly. Whatever the merits of arguments over illegal immigration, children are clearly helpless pawns in the drama and should not be subjected to protests about actions over which they have no control.
But other than the protesters in Murrieta -- and no one has polled them to discover their political views, though it's likely that they're conservatives -- by what standard are Republicans held to be heartless while Democrats are not?
Is it by arguing the new migrants who entered the country illegally be denied legal status? Jeh Johnson, the Obama administration's secretary of Homeland Security, said just that. "Those who cross borders today illegally, including children, are not eligible for an earned path to citizenship."
One can make a case that those Democrats who virtually invited a flood of underage migrants to our shores are more culpable for the humanitarian emergency than those who simply reacted once it was underway. The president's unilateral granting of legal status to the children of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission together with the 2008 law providing special treatment for children thought to be victims of trafficking sent a signal that was received and then amplified throughout Central America. The Department of Homeland Security seemed to know in advance that the deluge was coming: In January of 2014, it advertised for contractors to help with the "resettlement" of up to 65,000 underage migrants. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he warned the administration about the influx but got the impression that "they weren't that interested."
Or perhaps the president anticipated the flood but miscalculated its political effects, just as he misjudged the way the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl swap would be received. He may have thought that thousands of children crossing our borders would pressure Congress to pass the kind of immigration reform he favors. When it turned out differently, he resorted to partisan sniping. No crisis will "go to waste" -- including those he creates himself.
This president engages in schoolyard taunts, calling Republican budget proposals, for example, a "meanwich" and a "stinkburger." It's hard to be a leader of all the people when you never rise above partisan hackery.
Dionne, like the president, thinks Republicans are cruel, but as he acknowledged, unless you are prepared to permit unlimited immigration, you must make "agonizing choices about whom to let in and whom to turn away." Yes, the circumstances from which these unaccompanied children fled are terrible. But so are the home situations for many of the 4.5 million people worldwide currently waiting, legally, for visas to enter the United States. And while Central America is poor, corrupt and crime-ridden, it cannot be the case that those conditions alone guarantee entry into the U.S. Most countries on Earth meet those criteria.
Second to the human suffering, the most dismaying aspect of this border situation is that -- unlike, say, the mortgage finance issue -- it's a relatively straightforward problem. Congress could repeal the Wilberforce act and provide funding for housing, feeding and deporting the children who've crossed the border in the past several months. Private organizations could contribute time and money toward making the children comfortable and arranging for their safe return. The president could state unequivocally (with special messages targeted at Central America) that migrants who cross our borders illegally will be treated humanely but deported.
This won't happen, not because Republicans are meanies but because the president's unremitting partisanship and small-mindedness have left him unable to do even the easy things.
Never mind that the whole thing was deliberately engineered by the heartless child/human-trafficker Barrack Hussein Ubama for his own selfish political purposes.
Just like the IRS computers all "crashed."
I say we give Obama all the money he needs to take care of these poor children but the money must come from the US welfare budget. We’ll see whose heartless then.
The blame for all this lies squarely with the adults facilitating this debacle. Including the idiot in the White House who is hell bent on destroying the country.
It does not lie with the protesters who are desperately trying to protect and prevent their neighborhoods from becoming crime-ridden shanty towns overrun with illegal invaders.
US citizens and taxpayers will be forced to watch their neighborhoods destroyed by hordes of illegals while being forced to pay for the privilege.
Let’s see...should i be “heartless” to my own country and all of her needs, or to thousands of gangbangers invading my country illegally? Hummmm?
Zuhri became the focus of criticism when a clip of him advocating for civilians to act as human shields in order to protect Hamas militants and assets exploded on the internet.
That is no different than what the Liberals are doing with the illegal children.
Yet, there are Freepers, and now Dionne, joining with Beck trying to encourage more to become human shields, just as Zuhri is.
Every person takes care of him/her self.
Every family takes care of their own family members.
Every city/town takes care of itself.
Every state takes care of itself.
Every nation takes care of itself.
When one nation foists its expenses off onto another nation, then they are robbing the citizens of that nation. These Central American nations are robbing the citizens of The United States. You can try to trick it out as being a sad story, but it is still thievery. Try sending the citizens of Detroit to Guatemala and see what happens.
You know this is all bulls**t when the Democrats keep changing their excuses.
“There’s a lot of crime.”
“You are heartless.”
“They are just kids.”
Bulls**t. Every dollar the government takes from me to give to these people is a dollar I don’t have for MY family. Are all these Democrats feeling sorry for my family? No. That’s because this is all about taking care of the Democrat Party.
If they came accompanied by their parents, then they are children. (Still enemy invaders but children). Send them home with their parents and let their parents know we will kill all of them if they attack our borders again.
If they came alone they are emancipated minors and are no longer considered children (Just enemy invaders). Send them home and let them know we will kill them if they attack our borders again.
Heartlessness would be allowing them to break our laws and starting them on a life of crime in a foreign land. Far more compassionate to send them home so they can do things right.
A country has the right to defend itself against invasion. just because the enemy is using children as non-uniformed combatants does not nullify that right.
Good article by Mr. Stoll.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Economics Behind the Border Pile-Up
For many, migration to the U.S. is a dream that can destroy families and leave people even more vulnerable.
July 14, 2014 7:23 p.m. ET
A peasant leader in Guatemala asked last year if I could help him get several men deported from the United States. Why? They were no longer sending money to their children, and their wives hoped they could be deported back to their responsibilities. When my friend took this petition to the Guatemalan foreign ministry, he was informed that its mission is to support migrants to the U.S., not extradite them.
The episode comes to mind as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mothers and small children pile up on America’s border with Mexico. As Americans debate the influx, most of us assume that a better life awaits those who are able to stay. My research in a Guatemalan town suggests that the dream of migration produces many tragedies.
The Obama administration reports a 92% surge in the detention of unaccompanied minors in the last fiscal year. Children traveling with their mothers are also overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol. Most are Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans. Some say they are escaping gang violencealthough getting through Mexico is usually more perilous for Central Americans than what they face back home. If they hail from rural areas, they are likely to have more problems with gangs in U.S. cities than where they come from.
I heard a sad story today.
A kid told me he was hungry and there was a lot of scary stuff where he lived and he wanted to go someplace where people would care for him.
It was my Son asking for more money for Spring Break.
Everyone has a sad story.
Leftists are taking manipulation to the max with their compassion finger-pointing; and the country club RINOS, educated to feel guilty over their affluence, fall for it every time.
How stupid does that arrogant pos think we are?
Including? That arrogant pos is mainly to blame
It’s nothing but lame excuses of the rats
Hell no. The US welfare budget is already overloaded with Obama's people and illegals already here. At a time when US vets are dying in the hallways of government hospitals, we shouldn't spend another dime on illegals until we have taken care of our own....legal....citizens first. Besides, Obama will just turn around and, as usual, blame Republicans for "failure to act" and not allocating 'enough' money for welfare.
We just have to show that arrogant pos and the rats that we are not.
when democrats have to share their welfare pie with the illegal aliens, I think they’ll be much less inclined to support amnesty.
He is dumping them on the states so the states will support them with the state welfare coffers letting the fed off the hook and burdening the states. Mark my word, the states will raise state taxes to care for the increases.