Among the ongoing Republican mantras is that President Barack Obama has failed to control our border with Mexico resulting in a flood of illegal immigrants. Actually, statistically, under the Obama administration three times the number of illegal immigrants have been returned to Mexico than occurred during the administration of former President George Bush. REALITY –the Obama administration now holds the record for return of most immigrants to Mexico more than any other prior administration! Naturally, Republicans and Fox News refuse to accept reality. The latest migrant event is arrival of over 50,000 unaccompanied children who seek refuge from violence, rape and death in Guatamala, Honduras and El Salvador. These countries are witnessing mass violence caused by drug gangs who, literally, are engaged in a civil war with their governments. Children are caught in the middle. Most teen girls simply fear they will be raped unless they escape to another place.
President Obama is requesting new fast-track legislation which would allow speedy return of the children. So, why does the evil Obama need new legislation? Former REPUBLICAN President George Bush established strict protocol for the handling of children illegal immigrants. Border Patrol agents must hold them for 72 hours, and then turn them over to the Department of Health and Human Services. In other words, under REPUBLICAN presidents, it was the law that illegal children could NOT readily be returned to their former countries! So, now the president who is accused of not protecting our border seeks new laws to undo REPUBLICAN legal procedures!
We oppose deportation of these children to certain violence and possible rape or death. America turned its back on saving Jewish children during the 1930s, let us not turn our backs on these children.