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Government not best choice to care for illegal immigrant children

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

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?
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.