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Loving kids is not the issue in immigration

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Loving kids is not the issue in immigration

Loving kids is not the issue in immigration
August 13
14:33 2019

I LOVE kids.  I have more or less raised six of them – three of my own making (the last arriving after I passed the 50-year milestone) and three who came into the family as teenagers needing a home – including a young black girl.

I offer this disclaimer because – after reading this commentary – members of the unhinged left will attempt to cast me among the Simon Legrees of the world – a heartless person without a compassion gene.

Like many Americans, it pains me to see children separated from loving parents – to see them crying on the evening news.  A child crying – for whatever reason – touches we adults deeply – especially those who have raised children.

In recent months, we have seen a lot of media attention focused on the plight of children – those being brought across the border and those showing parents being arrested and potentially deported.  Because of our Constitution, the immigration issue gets complicated, to say the least.  Many of the children of illegal aliens are American citizens by the birthright provision of the Constitution.

Perhaps having anyone born on American soil to be automatically provided citizenship is an anachronistic policy and should be amended out of our founding document.  But that is an academic question and we must address the issue under current law.

While the left-leaning propaganda press would have us believe that every “child” crossing our border is merely the offspring of a pair of desperate parents escaping oppression and violence.  It is not that simple.

First of all, there are a large number of “children” who cross the border on their own.  They are the teenagers – hardly the helpless toddlers we see on television.  Some of those “children” are already confirmed criminals – even MS13 types.

Other “children” are being brought over the border by those who are not their parents or even a relative.  They are being used (and abused) by individuals who have paid for the children – or kidnapped them – to get the advantage of family admission and asylum.  In some cases, parents have even paid or given their child to a “coyote” to have them raised in a better life in America – by friends or distant relatives.  All of these children have already been separated from their parents – loving and otherwise.

Some of those separated are the children of ineligible criminals.  They are separated because their parent or parents are being arrested for criminal activity.  We actually do this to American citizens who commit crimes.  We do not fail to arrest, indict and incarcerate criminals just because they have children – and we do not even put infants in jail with a criminal mother.

It is a tragedy, but unavoidable.  Democrats would give extralegal rights to illegal immigrants that they do not confer on American citizens.  If you are an illegal alien criminal, Democrats promote a faux sympathy that trumps justice and the rule-of-law.

The same is true of those children of parents who have been arrested by ICE.  Yes, it is sad – heartbreaking.  It is not the child’s fault that their parents have broken the law – and in most cases, more than just being in America illegally.  Some have falsified documents and even stolen identities.  Others have committed crimes – from petty to felonious.

In the case of the recent ICE raids, most of those arrested were reunited with their children and given court dates.  Under our rule-of-law, it will be the courts that determine if they are to be deported.  In most cases, ICE is dealing with people who have already been ordered out of the country by the courts.

These enforcement actions are not to suggest that most people who come here illegally or to seek asylum are bad people.  Far from it.  The actions of ICE and our border enforcement personnel is in response to that smaller number of those who are not eligible for asylum, who cross illegally, who do not show up for court dates, who are ill-intentioned criminals and upon whom the courts have passed judgment.

The media, however, does not look at the larger picture or put things into perspective.  Rather, it focuses in on the edges of reality to magnify the exceptions – making them look like the rule.  Our border guards are not Nazis or even uncaring individuals.  The holding areas are not cages or concentrations camps.  The policies are not race-based.  These are all unfortunate narratives advanced for shallow political purposes.

Yes, we have sympathy for the child – and child in such an unfortunate situation.  But the plight of that child – and any trauma that such a child may suffer – is not the fault of President Trump.  It is not the fault of ICE.  It is not the fault of racist policies.  It is not the fault of a lack of compassion by American officials – from top to bottom.  It IS the fault of the parents, who have put their children in that situation – from a journey through an environment fraught with danger from weather, natural obstacles, animals and – perhaps the worst — other humans.  They have brought them by the tens of thousands to a border that they know lacks the facilities to handle their children as if they were entering a Sunday school.  In the most tragic of cases, children have died.  At best, it was the tragic misjudgment of the parents – and in the worst cases the malevolence of individuals abusing the children.

So, there ‘tis.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Mary
    Mary August 14, 18:12

    Thank you for your assessment, but will anybody listen?

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  2. thinkr2
    thinkr2 August 15, 19:42

    Larry, I agree with you 100%, except for the part about birthright citizenship being part of the Constitution.

    There is a critical phrase in the 14th Amendment that qualifies the granting of citizenship, namely “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof. . .”

    If you go back and read the discussions held in Congress at the time the amendment was passed, you will see that it is very plain that Congress considered citizenship of at least one parent and a willingness to comply with US laws to be a prerequisite. IMHO, recent courts have ignored the real intent of the Amendment.

    If your wife has a kid overseas, that kid is a US citizen even though born outside the US. If a foreign diplomats wife has a baby here, that child is NOT a US citizen.

    “Birthright citizenship” harks back to the medieval tradition that any child born on the estate of the “nobility” was property of the Lord of the Manor. It’s more appropriate to subjects than to real citizens.

    Not many countries implement so-called “birthright citizenship” now days.

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