Monday, January 16

HOUSTON CHRONICLE PUBLISHES YET ANOTHER OVER-THE-TOP EDITORIAL ON ILLEGAL IMMIGATION

An editorial published in today's edition of the Houston Chronicle -- hyperbolically entitled "Dickensian America" -- is yet another example of its editorial board's hard-wired, open borders', pro-sanctuary city agenda on illegal immigration; but today's portion of undiluted propaganda is a super-sized helping of Pablum and begs a response, just as another of its quantum leaps in sophistry deserved a reply recently.

It is the Chronicle's position that there is a striking, incontrovertible parallel between today's treatment in America of children illegally migrating here alone and the "horrendous cruelty of the Industrial Revolution," in which "small children" were forced into "factories and debtors' jails as if they were adults" -- a Dickensesque landscape of unimaginable horrors in which "globalization" and "free trade incentives" become, for the Chronicle's hand-wringing editorialist, the modern-day antecedents of a horrific fate for unaccompanied, adolescent border-jumpers. That fate here in the States, suggests the Chronicle, is no better than the one found in the children's homelands: a fate of "persecution, abuse, and other (forms of) hardship."

This gloom and doom scenario is predicated on a three-year-old Amnesty International report, "Why Am I Here?," which describes, according to the Chronicle, "what these child migrants must endure" -- namely, the slings and arrows of an indifferent country (i.e., the United States of America) which "punishes child refugees and illegal migrants like adults." Need I go into the percentage of children who cross the border eluding interdiction, who make up a goodly portion of the 11 - 12 million illegals already here in this country (some say it's more like 18 - 20 million) or of the 350,000 - 400,000 right here in Houston? Need I go into the amount of taxpayers' money expended to provide education, healthcare, and a variety of social services to these minors?

But having painted such a grim picture and pulled at the heartstrings of its readers, the Houston Chronicle offers no prescriptions (or corroboration to support the "AI" report), other than to say the obvious, if indeed the picture it limns is truly so bleak:

Whatever Americans decide about illegal immigration policy, unprotected, solitary child migrants cannot serve as pawns. Citizens should insist that whatever legislation is passed include the Unaccompanied Child Act. Any minor who migrates here alone has been propelled by adult failures. It is the duty of all who find child refugees and child migrants to protect them.

No mention is made, of course, of the U.S. Border Patrol's BORSTAR program, which engages in search and rescue missions along the contiguous U.S.-Mexico border, helping illegals, including children, suffering medical emergencies, or, for that matter, of its humanitarian work to train Mexico's Beta Group and Civil Protection force in search and rescue techniques. No mention is made of ICE's successful "Operation Predator" -- a program targeting "foreign nationals who have previously been convicted of sex crimes against children -- including rape, statutory assault on a child, aggravated sexual battery, sexual abuse, and indecent liberties." Nor is there any mention in this stilted editorial of Amnesty International's issues with the government of Mexico. Nor, to be sure, is there any mention of how the Mexican government turns its back on its hapless, under-privileged children. Why does the Chronicle point its finger of scorn at the United States, rather than at the government of Mexico?

Well, I'll provide a prescription: border fencing, state-of-the-art electronic surveillance, sufficient U.S. Border Patrol agents, National Guardsmen, and, if necessary, U.S. Armed Forces personnel staged along the border to complement and protect the Border Patrol. That's for starters. There's also the issue of the Vicente Fox regime encouraging Mexican nationals to emigrate illegally to the United States.

Fact is, if adolescent border-jumpers cannot get into this country, then our government can devote itself to helping American citizens, under the age of 18, who need humanitarian assistance, such as those children impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, who have been dispossessed of homes and, in many instances, lost one or both parents in these natural disasters. Let's do some hand-wringing over the plight of American citizens and reinforce that it is the obligation of Mexico and other Central America governments to help their own, rather than export them illegally.

Moreover, let's remind ourselves that our own country's children are impacted by the illegal alien problem and this nation's porous borders. This blogger, for example, has written extensively about the notorious MS-13 gang and one of its alleged victims -- Houston-area toddler, Aiden Naquin. How about a Chronicle editorial on the impact to American citizens -- men, women, and children -- of illegal alien crime?