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Government not best choice to care for illegal immigrant children

My Opinion

July 16, 2014 | 11:26 AM

When reading up on stories or watching news reports about the illegal immigrant children making their way into the United States from Central America, more questions are raised than answers provided.

Why are these children coming here in droves all of the sudden and how are they doing it? What's being done about it? Why does President Obama refuse to see the catastrophe of sick and dying children firsthand?

Question of the Week
Do you think Congress should provide $3.7 billion to aid immigrant children who have entered the United States illegally?
Since October, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors crossed illegally into Texas from Central American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The only solution concocted so far by the president is to ask Congress for $3.7 billion — that's billion with a 'b' — to house, clothe, feed and even entertain the illegals. There's been no mention of an actual plan to curtail the illegal operations.

It truly is amazing how much it costs for the government to provide a service, such as taking care of these children, versus a potential private individual or organization. If a government employee is on the job, they're going to have to be paid a salary or wage, will receive benefits and will build up compensation or retirement plans. There's also pay for health care for the child and all of the utility costs associated with whatever facility is used to house the illegals.

On the contrary, if the child is taken in or adopted by a family, none of the above applies except for health care, and the child could be added under the family's insurance umbrella for a minor rise in cost.

This isn't the first time the Obama administration has used government takeover or dumping money at the problem instead of, you know, actually attempting to fix the issue. Instead of fixing, or at least trying to fix the skyrocketing costs of health care, the administration decided to get involved by becoming the middle man between high health care costs and the people. How did that solve the problem?

The answer to the illegal immigration problem really isn't that difficult. Just enforce the rules already in place. And Obama has said that's exactly what will happen; it just takes a while and, in the meantime, they need to take care of the children. Fair enough, and I agree; just don't do it with public funding. These children, regardless of how or why they came here are here. If they want to become U.S. citizens, then they should do so through the proper channels. And until they do, people in this country should take care of them, just not through government funding or the almighty taxpayer dollar. In fact, the children would be better off if families or churches took them in rather than testing their fate at a government-run shelter.

That family could teach him/her the lessons of hard work, not taking a dime unless it was earned, a firm faith in God (or firm faith in whatever the family or person believes, because one and all are welcome in the U.S.), compassion for others and the opportunity of freedom to choose a path of their own in the world. Just the simple but great aspects of life in the United States and the American Dream.

But ashamedly and unfortunately that's not the lesson they'll learn under the federal government's watch. That will teach that government is their only hope for food, shelter and clothing and to be grateful the U.S. is so compassionate to keep providing enough for them to stay afloat while staying put. Talk about elitism.

As one young man explained to pro-illegal immigration demonstrators:

"If somebody brought six children to your house and you ain't got no job, are you gonna take them in? ... What are you gonna do? Are you gonna try to go out there and take care of these children and the children you got already that you can't take care of? ... What are we going to do for the people who are here who are starving already? ... We got our own people that are starving and hungry ... Why would we add to the problem?"

Some really good questions, ones driven by common sense. The government is like the parent with six children and no job, and Congress should realize that and not approve the multi-billion-dollar request needed to take them in.

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    July 20, 2014 | 02:41 PM

    So humanitarian aid is good, as long as it doesn't cost the least that's the gist of the editorial above, as I read it. "In fact, the children would be better off if families or churches took them in rather than testing their fate at a government-run shelter." So just where are these churches who, in your opinion, should be stepping up to help these refugees? After all, the most vocal group against taxpayer help for these refugees are also generally the same people who shout the loudest that the US was founded as "a Christian nation." So where are the folks who are so "Christian," when these children need help? Are they the ones shouting at buses and waving signs saying, "Illegals go home!" ??

    What ever happened to compassion? What of Matthew 25:41-45? Or does it not apply to "modern" Christians?

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    July 20, 2014 | 02:43 PM

    Matthew 25:41-45, NIV:

    "41 "Then he will say to those on his left, "˜Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

    44 "They also will answer, "˜Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

    45 "He will reply, "˜Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' "

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    cut to the chase
    July 21, 2014 | 01:10 PM

    Stop. Enough of the background noise, hyperbole, obfuscation, double-talk, lies, misrepresentations, and duplicity.

    The reason our southern border and our American citizens are being overwhelmed by illegal aliens is that the anointed one, the leftist messiah, charlatan, side show huckster, unprepared, unready, inept, spineless, divisive current occupant wants to stack the deck of future voters to keep him and his ilk in positions of power and authority forever. He could not give a tinker's damn about "children" from Mexico and Central America.

    Yes, there are children who are present in this tsunami, yet most of these illegal aliens (NOT "UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS") are hardened criminals, drug mules, murderers, rapists, thugs, welfare seekers, and drug cartel operatives who have absolutely no interest or desire to become citizens by the proper channels. It's all about the freebies received in exchange for the unctuous fawning and votes for the corrupt socialist currently in the White House.

    If the Nobel Prize winner for lying succeeds with this current wave of illegals, future waves will increase in numbers, intensity, and frequency. This current situation is a no-win, no-win game plan.

    We have current laws to deal with this horrific situation. Enforce them without exception.

    O'liar's demand for 3.7 to 4 BILLION dollars has little if any earmarked for enforcement. The vast majority is for housing, food, education, placement, medical care, and special benefits for illegals and the hoards of new "administrative judges" to guarantee his desired outcome.

    Fellow citizens, we have just been to the circus, and we have heard the side show huckster sing his all-too-familiar song.

    lifelong USA border residents and citizens
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    July 22, 2014 | 01:47 PM

    This is planned from the get go....Cloward/Piven, REX 84.....Come on people....3% have being kids under 13 everyone else is over 14 yrs old.

    These are not kids in these countries...This is a planned deconstruction of USA to bring in the North American Union. WAKE UP!

    All the people you guys have called nuts have been RIGHT....when will you all just except that you have been had?

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