Published: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
"Denying a minor who may be a victim of human trafficking access to legal
counsel in the highly complicated realm of immigration law may make deportation
proceedings more expedient, but at what cost to basic human decency?"Court dates are terrifying WITH representation. I shudder to think what
it is like for these kids.
My thoughts too, Bishop Wester. Thank you for writing clearly about the
problems with Chavetz's proposed law, the problems include anti
humanitarian, explicitly un-American.See my posts on this subject. I see
that we have a wave of refugees, not invaders. I see that poor people need help
right now with food and shelter, not jail. I see that the root problems include
lack of education, gang related violence in their home country, and corrupt
governments, but we're failing to even talk much about the root problems
and how to change them. We can, we should, we're the example democracy for
the world including our own hemisphere. We're failing for too many
centuries to help the poor in our own back yard.Beinvenidos amigos. We
can help. Not by Chavetz's law, by a higher law based on caring for our
neighbors, based on humanitarian principles.
Let's be honest. Jason Chaffetz is, at his core, a political opportunist.
His positions have relatively little to do with putting in place policies that
help people and relatively much to do with promoting his own political self
interest. There's nothing more to him than that.
I'm so tired of this false charity. Providing an incentive for Central
American parents to send their girls and boys north to the Promised Land is NOT
charity. Using the bodies of dead children to promote your social agenda is NOT
charity. Releasing children to other people already here illegally is NOT
charity. These children are being used as drug mules, sex slaves, and many other
heinous activities and enabling their travel into the US is NOT charity. To say
it is sanctions that abuse. Stop the insanity!
"Thou shalt bear false witness," "Thou shalt not steal," and
"Thou shalt not covet," also are very much part of the Gospel. The
Texas border situation has been found to be largely a scam, rife with violations
of these three commmandments. Already it has been found for example
that very few of the individuals entering illegally are in fact the young
children; that of these, fewer still are in fact unnaccompanied (many of them
have illegal-alien parents waiting for them in this country, by strategem); that
fewer still are in fact fleeing hunger and violence at the peril of their lives
(this notion, designed to deviously manipulate the emotions of Americans, has
been debunked -- for the most part, those making the trek to enter this country
illegally are doing so not because of imminent danger, but rather in direct
response to Obama's promise of no deportation.Most are in fact
adults coming here in a covetous desire to enjoy the fruits of freedom but
without a willingness to pay the price attached thereto. Other parties, with
ulterior motivations, are helping to facilitate this illegal and immoral
enterprise.Chaffetz' proposal seeks to administer relief
"In wisdom and in order."
I support Rep. Chaffetz and this bill that he is sponsoring. I appreciate that
he has the courage to do what is right in regards to illegal immigrationWe
show a shallow and counterfeit love if we just ignore the law, and let them come
in illegally and live with their relatives who are already here illegally. What
does that teach them? That laws don't matter?These illegal immigrants
will be more blessed in the long run if they learn about the rule of law and how
important it is to the stability of a society. Running away from their problems
and illegally entering another country is not the solution. True love and
concern for their long term well being would call us to securely close our
border and speedily send home those who have illegally crossed it. Once they are
safely home they and their parents can do the courageous, hard work necessary to
clean up their own country and make it great.
James E -- please, please spend some time working to learn the truth about what
is happening here. Turn off the hate radio and listen to people who tell the
truth.People like Bishop Wester.NO ONE is trying to use
these children to promote their social agenda except those whose social agenda
is based on xenophobia and hatred. That includes Mr. Chafetz and many of his
Yeah, I guess the only really humane and charitable thing to do would be to just
erase the borders entirely, and let all 7,000,000,000 of the world's
destitute come here, take all available jobs, and gather their sustenance from
the U. S. taxpayer. Anything less surely just wouldn't be Christian.
That's where we're headed, right? Should be wonderful.
The mostly teenagers are here for amnesty. If we don't return them it will
only lead to more coming here illegally. If we want to stop them,
and save future surges, dying in the desert and being raped, we need to force
them to come here legally. Their parents are paying enough for it, one has to
question why they use the illegal path. Compassion would be stopping
millions more from coming here illegally. Teaching them that doing things right
has rewards, and doing things wrong does not.
Finally, someone who speaks the truth. Thank you Bishop Wester.
Thank you James E.In my studying of this issue, it is the charities,
including religious charities that are financially benefiting from this abuse.
RE: James E "I'm so tired of this false charity. Providing an
incentive for Central American parents to send their girls and boys north to the
Promised Land is NOT charity. Using the bodies of dead children to promote your
social agenda is NOT charity. Releasing children to other people already here
illegally is NOT charity. These children are being used as drug mules, sex
slaves, and many other heinous activities and enabling their travel into the US
is NOT charity."Sending these children back to narco-dominated
communities as fast as we can is NOT charity!
In 2013 9% of the children coming here were 12 years or younger. That means 91%
are teenagers. Among all countries, less than 1% (94 cases) of apprehended
unaccompanied children are younger than 1, and only about 2% (785) are 5 or
younger (PEW research)Also 2 out of three are coming here with a
parent or guardian. Honduras sent the most, 13,244, Mexico was second at 11,550,
next was Guatemala with 11,449, and El Salvador with 9.835.Let this
be the last time we see this happen.
That because Jason Chaffetz is a Tea-Publican first and foremost,and true
follower of Jesus Christ second, or third, or fourth....
Some people seem to think that unless you open up your home and let in anyone
who wants to come live there, then you are not charitable. While more can
probably be done to help people in other countries, the answer is not to invite
everyone in the world to come live here in the U.S.America is one of
the most charitable countries in the world. People freely give money, time, and
goods to help poor people all over the world. We let in millions of LEGAL
immigrants every year. But if we don't have laws and a border that are
respected by people in this country and by people who want to come to this
country, then we really are not a country then are we?
What about the helpless children dying in the desert because of this
administration's siren song- those deaths are on the hands of Washington.
Chaffetz bill addresses the reason the children (teenagers) are coming here.
"Amends the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection
Reauthorization Act of 2008 to direct the Secretary of State to negotiate
agreements between the United States and other countries for the repatriation of
children. Requires that such agreements protect children from severe forms of
trafficking in persons and provide for their safe removal and
repatriation."The teenagers coming over the border are not
refugees, they are here for the amnesty. They were not trafficked here, their
parents paid people to bring them here. Why pick on Chaffetz? His
bill has already been passed as part of the house bill right before the recess.
It ends the DACA, ends the Wilberforce bill being used incorrectly, and
appropriates money for their deportation. The Wilberforce bill has an opt out
for exceptional circumstances. The President could be returning them to their
families right now.
Bishop Wester gave a speech to a small group at BYU two years ago and I was very
impressed with him then. He is great man and I'm pleased that he speaks out
so directly on specific issues like this. Chaffetz is an opportunist and lacks
compassion, I for one cannot support him.
Once again, why pick on Chaffetz when his bill has already been covered by
another bill that has been passed? It all sounds very political. Any
parent knows that rewarding the bad behavior of a child results in more bad
behavior. True compassion is leading people down the road of good behavior, and
rewarding them for their efforts. Bad behavior should never be rewarded.
"...except those whose social agenda is based on xenophobia and
hatred."A flat-out lie. "Obeying, honoring, and
sustaining the law" is not hatred. Rather, it is the only way to show love
and compassion to everyone.
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