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Chuck Pinkey

July 1, 2014

Some questions about all those new immigrants

At the risk of sounding like Attila the Hun, I have some questions about the sudden influx of more than 50,000 refugees, mainly children, at the Texas-Mexico border.

They don’t appear to be malnourished, yet they have come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The closest is Guatemala, and that is over 1,200 humid miles of desert, jungle and mountains from Brownsville, Texas. Seems odd, doesn’t it?

In fact, with these 50,000+ children appearing, almost in unison, out of nowhere, it seems quite well-orchestrated. Are we being had?

Are we to turn them away? No, but aren’t they primarily the responsibility of their parents? What about the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador? Where is the Central American Catholic Church?

Mexico, too, has an obligation.  Authorities are infamous for allowing no one through their borders, yet they allow more than 50,000 children to trek 1,200+ miles to the United States? Can’t they provide help?  Mexico has the 14th largest GDP in the world, and we give it $800 million in aid annually.

What about the UN’s Refugee Agency, UNICEF and Save The Children International? They seem unconcerned. Is it always up to us?

Supposedly, these children are being raped and abused by the drug cartels of Central America, and are seeking safety in the U.S. I have no sympathy for drug merchants, and I’m confident they’re a bloodthirsty lot, but are they child molesters?

I can understand parents wanting their child to be safe from this supposed danger, but is sending them unattended across 1200+ miles of Central American wilderness the best solution? Is it the right thing for a parent to do?

By the way, this violence has not stemmed the tourist trade. It is still a bright part of their country’s economy. Something doesn’t add up.

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