In 2002, the United States and Canada secured [an] arrangement, known as a “safe third country” agreement. It has worked because Canada is, in fact, a safe third country: Migrants who apply for asylum there are secure, and their cases are fairly adjudicated.
By contrast, Mexico is patently unsuitable as a place of refuge for most migrants, especially those from Central America, who suffer exploitation, violence and sexual assault almost routinely as they make their way north. In a recent report, Doctors Without Borders noted that two-thirds of Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants in Mexico have reported being victims of violence; almost a third of migrant women there had been sexually assaulted. Twelve of the world’s 50 most violent cities are in Mexico. Forcing refugees to seek sanctuary in Mexico would thrust tens of thousands of them into a country with weak law enforcement, a flimsy judicial system, an anemic asylum process and predatory criminal gangs.
(Emphasis belongs to Jazz.)
I think we are all Old Enough To Remember When shouts of RACIST issued forth from the perpetual outrage when it was alleged by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that President Trump referred to African countries — many of which suffer from the same maladies as Mexico — as sh*tholes.
That epithet perfectly describes these countries … and Mexico.
But we know, of course, that it’s okay to list the various forms of lawlessness — rape, murder, corruption, etc. — that reign in these countries and even okay to call them sh*tholes as long as you are not a Republican and, especially, are not named Donald Trump.
Meanwhile The Run for the BorderTM wages on. Because who wants to live in Hell when Heaven is so close? You’ll even go through a worse Hell to get there.
Someone, however, ought to tell the refugees and illegal aliens about how we Americans reached our present point in history so that, maybe, some might consider making changes in their own lands. Lot of guns are involved, though.
Meanwhile, Wall, please.
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SHREVEPORT — I’ve been following the border crisis story with interest for some time now, and as I was doing some research for a post on SIGIS yesterday, a disturbing pattern began to emerge.
Not that it’s any surprise, but the feds are, almost without exception, extremely secretive about where the illegal Central American refugees are being relocated. Not just that, but it seems that the entire “medical screening” process has “broken down.”
What to make of this?
In many cases local and state governments aren’t even being consulted or made aware of incoming aliens (and I call them illegal aliens because they aren’t, in fact, refugees as defined by federal code.)
The Florida Department of Health has received unconfirmed reports that the federal government is bringing unaccompanied minors from the border to Florida today. On July 17, we received unconfirmed information that dozens of children were being brought by plane into Miami on Friday. This same day, ABC news reported that “the federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it cannot provide basic medical screening to all of these children before transporting them, often by air, to longer-term holding facilities across the country.” (Feds Struggling to Cope with Medical ‘Breakdown’ at the Border, ABC News, July 17, 2014.)
Many of these people are coming across the border with contagious illnesses and in some cases the agents working in these refugee centers aren’t going home to their own families at the end of the day in order to avoid spreading disease to their own children:
Multiple sources working out of Border Patrol stations throughout Texas have reported that due to fear that their families will contract one of the many diseases being seen at the facilities in a large number of the thousands of men, women and children coming across the border on a daily basis, many of the agents are no longer returning home when their shifts end. Unwilling to expose their own children to a host of highly contagious diseases, agents are reportedly renting rooms in local motels (at their own expense), rather than returning to their homes.
It’s not just the state of Florida that is concerned; in Louisiana, Representative Fleming and Representative Bill Cassidy are among members of the state’s congressional delegation that have requested health status information and have attempted to find out how many and where any of these immigrants are being placed in Louisiana.
So far, the government isn’t saying much about where these illegals are going or about their medical status.
The eruption of weekend protests across the nation indicates that most Americans want these questions answered before these people take up residence in their neighborhoods or enroll in the local schools this fall.
“What it really comes down to is xenophobia and racism,” said Amelia Ruiz Fischer, a lawyer at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a nonprofit law firm that works on issues including immigration. “That might sound like a pretty extreme way to characterize it, but why else would you not want children who are not public safety risks and who are fleeing their countries trying to save their lives — why else wouldn’t you want them housed?”
…I think most parents want to first ensure the safety and health of their own families. The government now needs to take this concern to heart as well.
I must confess even two days later I’m still angry about Governor Patrick’s press conference concerning dealing with making facilities available in the state for the influx of children crossing illegally that the administration is dealing with.
You might have missed this story with so much news out there lately. I talked about this yesterday on DaTechGuy on DaRadio but if you didn’t catch my rather angry harangue, I found myself very upset at Governor Patrick’s press conference for several reasons, but two of them are primarily religious.
First of all I was upset at the hypocrisy. Governor Patrick made a great fuss about saying how his religion requires his to feed the hungry and take care of the poor and bluntly said that at the end of his life he will be called to account for our actions.
I find this odd but the same Christianity that he claims requires him to help the poor and the wanderer (which it does) also condemns Sodomy as a sin and yet his administration has not only promoted it in schools but has condemned those who would object to it and not embrace it as right.
That same Christianity tells him not to kill the innocent but he has steadfastly supported abortion and has been a great friend to planned parenthood.
Funny how his Christianity compels him to obey some rules and not others.
But what really jars my gears was the sight of Cardinal O’Malley at the podium behind him.
Now I of course do not object to Cardinal O’Malley offering to help in this crisis as I’ve already written while it’s the government’s function to enforce our laws and protect our borders the Christian duty to our fellow-man is independent of this. Given the chance to feed the hungry, clothe the naked o shelter the homeless the Church is compelled to be of service in this regard, even if it is an unpopular thing to do and the Cardinal is correct in offering the aid of the Catholic church in this crisis.
Yet he could have done this without providing the Governor whose administration has declared the Catholic Church unfit to provide adoption services in Massachusetts a visual for his news conference.
That same governor who was so happy to have the Cardinal lend him his moral authority has forced the church to abandon adoptions unless they are willing to commit mortal sin by placing children for adoption with gay couples.
Mind you the church was expert at placing the toughest to place kids as it had been doing adoptions long before the state did but that didn’t matter to Deval Patrick, the LGBT lobby spoke and he obeyed.
The Irony is not lost on me, and the question should be asked of the Governor: How is it that the Church is unworthy to place children for adoption in the state of Massachusetts but is completely worthy to take care of illegal immigrant children at the request of the state?
The answer of course is that one serves the political purposes of both the Patrick & Obama administration and the other does not.
Knowing this and further knowing that Gov Patrick also vehemently opposes the protections for the church in terms of conscience objections under obamacare I find it obscene that this Governor would use a prince of the Church as a prop in a photo-op.
I further object to Cardinal O’Malley allowing himself to be so used. There is no reason why he could have expressed his support in writing or even sent a parish priest to express the church’s support for this measure.
Frankly I don’t expect better from this governor who spends plenty of time putting a false face on things but I expect better from a Cardinal familiar with Christ’s admonition in Matthew Chapter 10 verse 16 when he sent his disciples out:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.”
Because when you do this Cardinal you are acting less like a prince of the Church and a teacher of its people than as an abused spouse standing by the man who beats and berates her in the hope of gaining his approval.
Closing thought, every person who applauded the governor at the end of his press conference when he said this decision was not political, is either a liar or an idiot or both.. If this was not a political move it could have been done without the photo-op, to suggest otherwise insults my intelligence.
After weeks of denying an increase in flights to the Bay State, federal immigration officials finally admitted this weekend that four planes filled with detainees captured at the southern border have been flown to Hanscom and Logan International Airport since April as part of a “large-scale nationwide response” to the crisis.
Three other flights chartered by ICE since then have stopped in Massachusetts to pick up illegals and deport them, Daniel Modricker, an ICE spokesman said. A small percentage were granted asylum in Massachusetts, he added.
Modricker declined to comment on Hodgson’s report of other flights of illegals into Hanscom.
Two weeks ago another Massachusetts Sheriff Lew Evangeliis appeared at the Twin City Tea Party to talk about his time as Sheriff and the subject of the border came up.
the key line came when he discussed what ICE agents have told him on his visits to the border and DC:
I’ve talked to ICE agents, several of them and they’ve told me unequivocally they have never had worse morale because they’re not allowed to do their jobs.
I’m wondering when black families sick of gang violence will decide to send their kids to the border in the hopes that they will be resettled somewhere safe.
ANN: Great. Well, we have some interesting news. My husband Eddie is on the phone with us. We live in Southern California, and we’re Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they’re going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop’s office on Monday and they’re gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media.
Now there are several things that are key, first the politics of this is pretty plain as Rush notes ,
Rush Limbaugh: Everybody now is focused on, “Okay, what do we do with these people?” Look, I understand you just can’t ignore them and leave them to the wolves. Don’t misunderstand. But I don’t get the acceptance. I don’t get the idea that there’s no end to this. I understand what Obama’s doing. He’s trying to get Hispanic numbers up; he’s trying to put pressure on Republicans to vote for amnesty before the November elections.
I understand all of that.
I understand the politics of it.
We’ve already talked about this. The purpose of this crisis is to help elect Democrats, this is what the administration cares about, not borders, not people. If the left thought for one moment that these kids would turn 18 and vote for Sarah Palin A ten foot border wall complete with moat and alligators would already be in place.
But what really interesting about this claim is the administration turning to the church.
This administration and their allies hate the Catholic Church. They hate our doctrines on Abortion, hate our doctrines on Contraception, hate our doctrines on Gay Marriage, they hate the Catholic schools which provide a better alternative to the public schools and they hate the idea that the church points to Christ over the state.
But they also know that the church being the church looks beyond the political sphere and they understand the reality that the duty of the church goes beyond simple nationalism or even national interest.
The duty to protect the borders belongs to the state, the duty to enforce the laws belong to the state, the duty to protect the welfare of Americans and use their funds wisely and honestly belong to the state.
BUT the duties and responsibilities of Christians are duties to individuals.
To love one’s neighbor is an individual duty.
To feed the poor is an individual duty.
To pray for each other, to love one’s enemy, to turn the other cheek, all of these are individual duties that Christians in general & Catholics in particular have been called upon to perform since the days of Christ.
No Diocese can, when called upon, not perform this duty in the same way that a doctor is obliged to take care of the sick without prejudice to who they are. The duty to do this is independent of any political consideration and that is just the way it is and the administration is very cunning to call upon the church to exercise this because the Church can’t say no and once he is done with us he will happily turn back to persecuting us as evil woman hating homophobic bigots.
That is what the Obama Administration is all about, using others for their own political gain.
Final thought: While Christian duty obliges us to do this, we are NOT obliged to keep silent about this in order to keep the people uninformed. If this is a duty of mercy and a righteous thing to do it should be done openly (not keeping a light under a bushel). If it is right it should be done proudly and openly and if there is pushback it is the duty of a priest or bishop to explain the duty of a Christian as I just did.
To do otherwise simply helps those who are trying to manipulate us and is frankly cowardly.
Update: Beck & Erickson are exactly right, this is the right thing to do, even though our political foes are pretty much using us
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