I got an email with this statement from CredoAction.com about the developing illegal immigration crisis at the US-Mexican border:
There’s a growing humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border as tens of thousands of children flee gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and brave a dangerous border crossing in search of safety.
The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion from Congress to apprehend, care for and remove unaccompanied minors. At the announcement, a White House official even told reporters that the administration plans to work with Congress to speed up the deportation of these children.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Joe Garcia recently returned from a bipartisan visit to the Rio Grande Valley. They talked to refugees and border officials alike and concluded “many thousands of these children are bona fide refugees fleeing dangerous situations. They are deserving of protection under international and domestic law.”
In a statement released by Reps. Lofgren, Jackson Lee, and Garcia, they noted:
“Countless children – even toddlers – are currently being held in holding cells in Border Patrol stations that were never designed to care for them. We saw one 3-year old child who had been held for 12 days…”
The United Nations is increasing pressure on the United States to accept more of the children currently ineligible for asylum by pushing for many of them to be treated as “refugees displaced by armed conflict.” This is a complicated situation that will take plenty of both resources and patience in order to be sorted out. What’s not needed is for Republicans to use their usual “There’s not enough money in the budget” excuse to deny funding for important human services, nor do we need their usual xenophobia. Their thinly veiled contempt for immigrants (legal or illegal) from non-European nations too often gets in the way of common-sense solutions to immigration reform.
Whether they like it or not, America is the land of immigrants. The days of a mostly white America are slowly coming to a close. If you truly love America, you love it no matter what it looks like or how it changes.
Make your voice and your values heard by signing this petition: Tell President Obama and Sec. Johnson that child refugees deserve humane treatment with appropriate legal protections, not deportation.
For more information, go to:
“Lawmakers deplore conditions at humanitarian border crisis,” Representative Zoe Lofgren, July 3, 2014
Obama Requests $3.7 Billion To Deal With Border Crisis,” Huffington Post, July 8, 2014
“UN Enters Immigration Debate, Pushes For Fleeing Central Americans To Be Treated As Refugees,” Huffington Post, July 8, 2014