“Refugees are not illegal immigrants. There is a difference, particularly when they are children.” A sentiment I found expressed on Facebook…
It is true that children are not illegal. I have two of my own. It is also true that unaccompanied children are not immigrants. As I see it, they did not make the choice to bring themselves here, and they are not going through a process of naturalization to become citizens of the US. I cannot say that these children coming into our borders are refugees either. According to the US State Department, the unaccompanied children do not meet the criteria for consideration as refugees and have not gone through vital screenings designed to protect public health and safety before the refugee applicant even enters the US.
All of these points are important, but none of them solve the issues we are facing at the border with unaccompanied children coming into the US by the thousands.
“But the children…” has become the excuse to ignore a lot of things, laws and safety chief among them. And not just the safety of US citizens and communities, but the safety of these children as well.
Children are vulnerable by nature. They require someone to care for them and protect them. Children are subjected to unspeakable horrors in our society just because they are easy prey who cannot take care of themselves. This vulnerability grows tremendously when children are entrusted to strangers whose motivation is money and have no vested interest in caring for them. Regardless of the way a child enters the possession of a coyote, he or she becomes a trafficked person by definition. The trauma associated with being in constant danger and deprivation over the course of days and miles, in the company of an unconcerned and unconnected adult, is horrifying and life-altering. Consider the vulnerability unaccompanied children present to sex traffickers, and a whole new door of opportunity opens up for exploitative parties who have a ready commodity at their fingertips in the form of a human life.
It is not only evil people with direct access to these vulnerable children that are guilty of exploiting them. Children can be, and are being, exploited by a corrupt system.
Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee members of the Congress and Senate are asking- who are the sponsors that have received the 760 unaccompanied children that the federal government has placed in Tennessee? The representative cited in the linked article, speaking for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, seems to think the number of children coming into Tennessee at this time is par for the course, and guarantees that these children “have a home to stay in in Tennessee” with family members. I have not been able to verify that this coalition is affiliated with the State Department’s Reception and Placement Program, but it sounds like they have direct knowledge of sponsorship placement for the children coming into Tennessee. Based on the State Department’s description of reception and placement, and to the point I made at the beginning of this post, it seems that the protocol has been breeched by allowing the children and adults crossing over during this border surge, without the required health screenings and without approval to be considered a refugee.
Is the border surge an intentional effort to amalgamate the US with Mexico and Central America? If so, there are some really good reasons to prevent this from happening.
“…because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams to the Officers of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division of the Massachusetts Militia.
Our country establishes no religion, and indeed promotes the free exercise of religion. Our founding was on the principles of the Christian religion however, and while the ideal religion was not a focus of our founding fathers or documents, the ideal citizen was. Adams makes it clear that our form of government depends on the quality of the citizens that submit themselves to it.
The United States’ sovereignty must be preserved because we have a nation that is built on a solid foundation of biblical morality that benefits all citizens, even non-Christians. Our compassion has always been rooted in our Christianity. The cry of “but the children” that I described earlier is one example of how our current government and outside interests are divorcing compassion from Christianity, and exploiting innocents to do so.
The current administration and outside interests that have its ear would assist people to the detriment of our strong societal foundation by allowing people into our country without conditions, some of whom directly intend to do harm. In every case, these would be people who have no idea of how to function in a country that is founded on principles of morality. That statement does not mean that people crossing our border in the current surge are immoral people. They are people, however, that bring with them a frame of reference formed by living in a society governed by despots and despotic governments.
Absent a strong and enforced naturalization policy, and under the current mentality that anyone should be welcomed into this country without conditions, we have seen and will continue to see thousands of people in our nation who are ill-equipped to function in a democratic republic, and our national life, society, and government will suffer as a result. The worst possible scenario is that what I have described is happening by design. The immediate motivation would be to have thousands here that can fraudulently vote in line with the current party in power (as evidenced by strong opposition to common-sense voter ID requirements). The most naive thought process is that we have it good here, why wouldn’t we want to let as many in as possible?
The worst case scenario would be that the intent of the powers that want open borders is to undermine US sovereignty and create a North American Union, destroying the greatest experiment in democracy the world has ever seen while completing the job that communism never had a chance to in our nation- downgrade us to a secular humanistic ethic and an atheistic worldview that touts every way as right while protecting the rule of an elite, deciding class. Appeasement to the lowest common denominator of morality was achieved in creating the European Union, simply because nations saw no reason to maintain their sovereignty. This is not what America is.
Our government is not like other governments. Our values are not the values of other nations. We have been set apart by our Christian morality and the caliber of citizen this morality has produced. It is the morality that has led us to the aid of nations across the globe and driven us to accept people in need from every corner of the world into our borders.
Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs and a political prisoner of the Communists in Romania due to his faith, said in 1967, “Every freedom-loving man has two fatherlands; his own, and America. Today, America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world… I have seen fellow-prisoners in communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs- praying for America… that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.”
The abuse and exploitation of these children, for apparent political reasons that I have discussed here, is appalling. The solution involves caring for their immediate needs, material, medical, and emotional. But it also involves returning to the rule of law, protecting our borders, and securing our sovereignty so we can continue to be a beacon of freedom while maintaining our standing as a nation of the highest moral integrity. These are two branches of the same tree and we need to nurture both of them in order to maintain America’s distinction as fatherland of the free.