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A town hall meeting held by Texas Tea Party state Rep. David Simpson (R) on Wednesday got heated as Simpson’s constituents railed at him for not doing more to stop the influx of unaccompanied, undocumented minors coming to the United States from Central and South America.
Simpson attempted to tell the crowd of about 160 residents that the thousands of children arriving at the Mexico-U.S. border are fleeing lives of violence and abuse, including gangsters who specialize in trafficking children as sex slaves. Texans should treat the children with compassion, he said, a notion that his audience summarily rejected.
After Simpson’s slide show of the faces of some of the border children, Longview resident Terri Hill said, “I believe your constituents should come first when you talk about people who are impacted. You are to represent us, and we have children. These [migrant children] are people that are coming in with leprosy, tuberculosis, polio.”
“We need our borders protected. We need a lot of things, but what we don’t need is more people at the trough,” said Thomas Rolland to Simpson. “These people are not coming in with a good, Christian heart. Most of them are criminals, anyway.”
-God Bless America
"We've become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hatemongers. We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul."
originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
In a perfect world we would be able to take in anyone at any time and take care if their needs. In reality, sometimes that isn't possible. Given that... I think that the children who have been sent here should be taken care of, have their needs met, and returned home. I do not like the whole illegal immigrant situation, but I also do not think that we can just let the children that are here starve, stay sick, etc. we can see to those needs. We should see to those needs and again... They should be sent back.
No country in the world could withstand an influx of people from all over the world and see to their every need for years and years without having it affect everyone in that country. Our system is strained as it stands, what good does it do anyone if it collapses entirely?
I understand why people want to come here. I do. I don't blame them at all for it. I don't think any adult should ignore the needs of any child regardless of where they come from. There has to be a middle ground here. It can't be all or nothing for everyone. It is possible to do what we can and send them home. Those calling for something otherwise where children are concerned may need to find a little empathy as they can not help who sent them, who brought them here, etc. they don't need to suffer while they are here because of that.
I certainly don't want any child to die in any street in any country. But I do feel like they shouldn't be bussing them in when we can't see after our own. Using "the children" to virtually blackmail folks into letting everyone stay is a sad tactic as well.
It's a problem that needs to be fixed. I don't know how to fix it at this point and those in charge don't seem concerned enough to try themselves.
originally posted by: muse7
blatant fear mongering that is being spread around.
Disease ridden moochers
n FY 2013:
ICE conducted a total of 368,644 removals.
ICE conducted 133,551 removals of individuals apprehended in the interior of the U.S.
82 percent of all interior removals had been previously convicted of a crime.
ICE conducted 235,093 removals of individuals apprehended along our borders while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.
59 percent of all ICE removals, a total of 216,810, had been previously convicted of a crime.
ICE apprehended and removed 110,115 criminals removed from the interior of the U.S.
ICE removed 106,695 criminals apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S.
98 percent of all ICE FY 2013 removals, a total of 360,313, met one or more of ICE's stated civil immigration enforcement priorities.
Of the 151,834 removals of individuals without a criminal conviction, 84 percent, or 128,398, were apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S. and 95 percent fell within one of ICE's stated immigration enforcement priorities.
The leading countries of origin for those removed were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: smithjustinb
What value does a strong economy have, if all it does is make heartless, unforgiving automatons of everyone who benefits from it?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: smithjustinb
So would you pick a fat wallet over a good heart? Would you abandon all the most positive elements of human nature, just so that you can waft a wad under a nose every now and again, or even, just so that you can afford a lifestyle with which you are familiar?
If you lack the basic capacity to love your fellow human beings, equally, regardless of their origins, then make no mistake, you are no better than those from whom the immigrants are running, nor any better than those who created the problems in your government. That attitude is part of the problem on this planet, not its solution.
originally posted by: smithjustinb
Send them back.
I believe in American borders and a legal process for becoming an American. Allowing these burdens in may be compassionate, but it is also economically stupid.