WHAT’S THE REAL REFUGEE DEBATE ABOUT?
Facts from article:
The “surge” began in 2011 but hit a crisis point this year
-The current crisis stems from the fact that more children are going from Central America to countries throughout the region
-Some of the children have parents in the US; some of them don’t
-Mexican children can just be turned back at the border — and many want to start turning back Central American children, too
-Congress set the rules on dealing with child migrants under the Bush administration
-Border Patrol is under the most strain in dealing with child migrants
-The agency responsible for long-term care is dealing with over six times as many children as they have beds for
-The government uses immigration court to figure out which children are eligible to stay and which aren’t
-At least half of Central American child migrants should qualify for some form of humanitarian legal status
-About half of all kids are ultimately allowed to stay — but very few of them are physically being deported
-There’s an additional crisis of families coming over into Texas
-For now, the government is detaining families en masse while they wait for their hearings
-The Obama administration’s goal is to speed up deportations by making the existing process go faster
-It’s not clear that the crisis can be resolved through “deterrence”
Amy Goodman points out the humanitarian issue involved in They Don’t Speak English, But They Understand Hate
The latest victims are the children seeking safety, who are instead being cruelly warehoused, shipped past threatening mobs of anti-immigrant extremists and deported back to life-threatening situations.
Part of the blame is linked to past meddling in Central American governance:
The United States has a long and sadly bloody history of destabilizing democratic governments in the very countries that are now the sources of this latest wave of migration: most notably in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In the 1980s and 1990s, U.S.-supported military regimes and paramilitaries killed hundreds of thousands of citizens in those countries. The drug cartels of today are the inheritors of that culture of violence. In Honduras, the U.S. supported the 2009 coup d’etat against democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. After he was deposed, two successive U.S.-supported regimes have contributed to what University of California professor Dana Frank calls “worsening violence and anarchy.”
1) Those that are upset about immigrants in general do so because:
----- a) they believe it is sapping economic resources from Americans across the wealth spectrum. Would that they see how the proverbial 1% has sapped the economic strength from the 80% bottom of Americans over the last 30 years.
----- b) some fear of American culture will be adversely affected by children coming from a violent culture. Would that they see how American culture has grown in violence (although to a lesser extent).
2) This belief and fear is being demagogued for votes, thus unlikely to be addressed as long as there is an election within a two year period (that is never, unless Americans recognize the demagoguery and reject it)
3) I agree with Pope Francis on the immediate actions required:
underlines mine.All sides should heed to message of Pope Francis this week. Referring to the “tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence,” he said, “This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.” The pope went on to make another key point: “These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.”