Is it just me or does this seem odd to others, too?
Situation 1: Thousands of children have crossed the Mexico to U.S. border in the last months from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. They are needy, hungry, mostly alone, and very poor. Some communities have gathered to help and then there’s the story out of Murietta, California where angry, picketing people turned away a bus of children.
The U.S. for all its yammering about border crossings, has had very little experience with refugees. The last great flood was in 1975 when the Vietnam War ended. In the end it did create a sea change of restaurant choices, but over thirty years later doesn’t seem to have undone the fabric of the nation. I’m getting off track. Back to my point.
Situation 2: This week it was reported that “tens of thousands” of foreign students, particularly Asian were applying to and getting into U.S. high schools with the intention of continuing into U.S. colleges. No one is picketing.
My off track comment on this fact before returning to my point is, how does this unintended result of changing our free public education to charter schools effect our children?
Now to my first of two points: It is duplicitous, blind-to-the-larger picture, and another strike in favor of the 1% that the media and too many citizens don’t see that our “fight” with the people south of our border who come thirsty, hungry, and begging for help is against people who come to lowest paid service jobs while the rich are flying overhead, laptops in hand, getting educated at the top levels, and taking the jobs we should really be squealing about.
My second of two points: Well, duh! How long did we think we could get away with growing all our marijuana, etc., in poor, desperate countries without gang wars and syndicates not forming to keep the money and enslave, torture its own people? And how long should they watch their families die and wait to be next?
I’m not making this up. Please see the Sunday, July 13, 2014 New York Times article by Sonia Nozario.
Wow! What a parallel between our gluttonous need for both drugs and crude oil on other countries and the detrimental effects that eventually, in one form or another, come home.
Are Colorado and Washington the states that are finally bringing out a little antiseptic for this wound? The very same week this is going on the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado.
Can we use the headlines in USA Today as a cosmic message for our answer to the problems on our southern border?
I don’t know the best course in dealing with the children from Central America except to afford them what our laws tell us to do and what our humanitarian selves compel as our best action.
I’ve read about this. This is despicable.
BTW, FYI, all three links ‘couldn’t be found’. At least here. Strange. You’d think one, not all.
Thanks I will look into the links. They seemed to be fine when I left–just like kids.
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Good overview, Rebecca, and good questions. Our inability to come up with rational, humane answers to the problem of refugees in the US, and the world for that matter, is tragic. Also, I couldn’t get to the links. –Curt
Thank you for writing this, Rebecca. I’m disgusted by people protesting any attempts to help these children. Just today I heard about more of it here in Michigan, where they are screaming about a plan to house a few dozen of these refugee kids in Vassar, Michigan for only a few weeks. (http://michiganradio.org/post/some-think-their-immigrant-ancestors-were-last-should-be-allowed-us).It just sickens me.
And you said: “What a parallel between our gluttonous need for both drugs and crude oil on other countries and the detrimental effects that eventually, in one form or another, come home.” Indeed.
I hadn’t heard of trouble in Michigan. People must be scrambling to house the children. I agree with you completely and I don’t understand people’s views. I hope it’s just a minority the media seems fixated on giving a voice.
It seems so tragic to hear of these children being sent back after arriving so desperate at the border.
It is true they got turned away in Murrieta, but I don’t think any of the children have been sent back, only somewhere else. They are getting “due process,” of sorts. However, I’ve learned the U.S. has an understanding to send underage children back to Mexico and Canada because they are more often considered teenage runaways.
Excellent post! BTW, the links worked fine for me.
Thanks! It took me a while to figure out why it wasn’t working. Turns out I was doing an “old way” by using the links and I didn’t get the memo (or read it) that life had changed.
Excellent coverage of a terrible situation. Thanks for making us more aware of what is happening. The links worked fine for me too.
Thanks for coming by. It’s dropped a bit in the news, but at least it seems the rhetoric of hate has dwindled a little.