Nice - Lets use both sides of the brain people.
@federalmoto ‘s latest scrambler, the “Couch Surfer” caught in its native habitat, the Alberta Backcountry.
Thousands of children have poured into the United States in recent years, crossing the Mexican-Texas border illegally. The sheer number of them, along with uncertainty about what to do about it, has been fodder for much discussion in recent weeks.
Conservatives of course are blaming President Obama, claiming that he doesn’t care about stopping illegals from coming into the U.S., presumably because they are brown, and brown people vote Democratic. Such is the simple-minded thinking of most conservatives, who largely prefer to deal with the problem by some combination of erecting a wall, sending every single person back to where they came from, orshooting them.
It is, as always, much more complicated than that. For starters, President Bush signed a human trafficking law back in 2002 that has contributed mightily to the problem. President Obama is merely following the law, which ironically is something that conservatives regularly claim that he does not do.
As Think Progress reports, “Under a 2002 human trafficking law signed by former President George Bush and reauthorized again in 2008 with additional protections, Mexican unaccompanied children apprehended crossing the border are automatically returned without formal deportation proceedings because the two countries share a border. But unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala cannot be sent back without going through the deportation process, since that law ensured that America wouldn’t send kids back to a dangerous situation.”
The majority of these children who are now coming into the U.S. are indeed from Central American countries. But what are they running from? Why are they coming in ever-increasing numbers?
The video below explains the entire issue in a concise manner that even conservatives can understand, and it does so in just 2 minutes. It should be required viewing for conservatives, lest a few of them actually discover a modicum of compassion for someone who is different than themselves. And maybe it’ll stop a few of them from shouting at women and children in buses or from trying to enforce our borders and coming across as paranoid fools in doing so.
Watch it below, from Vox. And for a more comprehensive look at the issue, be sure to read this article from the Arizona Republic. The conclusion is that gang violence, lack of opportunity, and misinformation are fueling the mass influx of Central American children.