Conservative mainstay George Will seemed to surprise everyone when, on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on July 27, 2014, he stated “We ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America, you’re going to go to school and get a job and become Americans,’ We have 3,141 counties in this country. That would be 20 [children] per county. The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old ‘criminals’ with their teddy bears is preposterous.”
George Will apparently lives in a bubble; often reflecting that President Obama doesn’t seem to see the consequences of his actions yet he is obviously on the same pedestal.
The children are but the tip of an iceberg and should we continue to send either positive messages like Mr. Will sent on Fox News Sunday or mixed messages as our leaders are currently doing, a true tsunami of illegal immigration is sure to follow.
Firstly, not all of the Central American children coming illegally into the United States are eight years old. Shawn Moran, of the National Border Patrol Council publicly stated that gangs such as the violent and notorious MS-13 are actively recruiting new members at Arizona holding facilities. He also stated that known gang members are mixing with the Central American children and not being separated because they are considered juveniles.
Secondly, the 50,000 plus children that have infiltrated our borders have families in their native countries. Can we allow an eight-year old to remain in the United States without the rest of his family? What about his brothers and sisters? What about his mother and father? We can’t be so cruel as to refuse their admittance if we allow him to stay, can we? As a nation that cares about “children” we will allow the relatives to enter into the U.S. legally. We have to.
Yet, don’t we remember the Elian Gonzalez debacle? A seven-year old Cuban refugee made it to the United States while his mother drowned in the attempt. The nation was torn as to whether allow the boy to remain in the U.S. with relatives or return him to Cuba where his father awaited. After heated political debates between both sides here in the U.S. along with a Cuban/United States confrontation, the courts ruled against him and he was returned to Cuba.
The 57,000 Central American “children” are only the very tip of a much larger ice berg that we are truly on a collision course to strike. The actions that must be taken are not easy decisions and not a politically friendly topic to confront but it’s a decision that will affect the United States for years to come.