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By Jane Chastain
Special to Anza Valley Outlook 

Don't be fooled by border hysterics


Last updated 7/4/2018 at 3:43pm

A mother, who is a U.S. citizen, decides to break into a bank and is captured. Should her children sent to prison with her? Of course not. Prison is no place for a child.

A mother from a Central American country decides to break into the United States and is caught. Should her children be held in detention along with her? Of course not. Detention is no place for children.

Now, bear in mind, if these same Central American mothers with legitimate claims for political asylum had shown up at a port of entry, instead of trying to sneak into the country, there would be no separation. They only claim they are seeking asylum after being caught. Surprise, surprise.

So Trump bowed to public pressure and signed an executive order that allows children to go with their parents to detention. What a shame. It takes the pressure off Democrats to pass a law that will allow the administration to return Central American families to their country of origin as we do with those entering the country illegally from Mexico and Canada.

Yes, the nation needs to change its immigration laws, but before it does that, an honest discussion needs to take place, not a dishonest one with pictures of children as they and their companions are initially being processed, plastered all over the front pages and leading newscasts. It is nothing new. It has happened this way for years under previous presidents. 

And what will happen to these children held in detention after 20 days? Will Trump simply throw up his hands and say, “Welcome to the United States?” Will he sign another executive order creating a country club setting for these lawbreakers so their children will be comfortable?

It is not practical or economically feasible. Due to the policy of “catch and release” for families with children, the nation now has so many of them there is a huge, yes huge, backlog of the cases that need adjudication.

Meanwhile, what will happen to those children currently in the care of Health and Human Services?

The reality for these children is that they are receiving the kind of care poor American children can only dream about. They are being fed nourishing meals and are sleeping in comfortable beds in spaces decorated in bright colors with bulletin boards for their artwork. Yes, they do arts and crafts, see movies, go to local parks and even skating rinks.

And did I mention they are living in air-conditioned comfort? Even the tents that are being set up to accommodate the overflow are air-conditioned. It is something no poor Central American child has ever experienced. They even have access to counselors to make sure they are reassured and happy.

Nevertheless, to hear the open-borders crowd, it is tantamount to concentration camps. Really?

So let’s take a look at what the country would be like if the open-borders crowd on the left gets what they want or if the big-business crowd on the right gets all they really want.

First, let’s open the floodgates and let all the poor from central and South America come on in, so those on the left will have a steady supply of uneducated voters who will elect their candidates promising the most free stuff. And next, let’s let big business import all the unskilled and skilled labor it wants from all around the world, so it will have an endless supply of cheap labor.

Neither of these groups care about Americans. They only care about power or grabbing all they can while they can.

Then, what will happen to American jobs? They will primarily be held by foreigners who will do those jobs at half the cost. Any American lucky enough to hold on to their job will be crushed under the tax burden necessary to supplement the wages of all these foreign workers with food stamps, government housing, Medicaid, etc., so they can buy food, obtain housing and have access to free medical care.

What about the case of the Guatemalan mother who is asking for asylum because she is fleeing an abusive husband? And she had to travel all the way through Mexico in order to do it?

What about big business that claims it can’t get workers to pick the crops, pluck chickens or clean hotel rooms? It is honest work, but American workers demand and deserve an honest wage for it.

What about the high-tech companies that claim they can’t find any Americans to hire for these jobs, while they demand that their American workers train their replacements?

It’s all hyperbole. Don’t fall for it.



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