Like just everyone else who terms self, American, I am the child of an immigrant. Between the years 1880-1924 about twenty million people from southern and eastern Europe came to the United States of America as immigrants. Most were fleeing poverty, religious hatred or violence. By 1920 we “New Immigrants” constituted 25% of the population. Today, thousands, NOT millions, of children are fleeing violence and brutality in Central America. They simply want a time to rest, to obtain an education, and become a positive factor in the United States. President Barack Obama, the child of an immigrant, fears taking a stand for immigrants. He is frightened because people like Senator Ted Cruz–his father was an immigrant, and he was born in Canada–scream hatred about immigrants. Immigrant Courts have been ordered to expedite deportation of children. In fact, kids have been rushed to the head of the line.
There is NO crisis about “Hordes” of children reaching the border. Fifty or sixty thousand children is nothing like the ONE MILLION who entered as immigrants during the initial decades of the 20th century. It is time for calmness, for charity, and for love of children to return to this nation. All these kids want is a chance to become a contributing member of society. During World War II, children of New Immigrants constituted about 20% of those fighting in our armed forces. Never forget, we are ALL immigrants!