Two years ago in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, the brand new $300 million dollar Yangmingtan Bridge collapsed without warning. Privately, experts speculated that costs had been cut during construction, making the bridge an accident waiting to happen. Here in America, we also have many social accidents waiting to happen. For example, our own southern border security is so weak that it too is ready to collapse at any moment, with the right amount of pressure. Therefore, rescuing the wrong children could compromise our national security.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected. The children's presence is complicated by the fact that 75 percent appear to be from Central America-mostly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-and so they are more difficult to repatriate than Mexicans. The surge is far beyond the capacity of our holding centers, so hundreds are being bussed and flown to various military bases and other areas around the country.
Many of the children are suffering from contagious illnesses, including but not limited to scabies, lice, strep throat, measles, chicken pox and swine flu. Public health experts are also worried about diseases like tuberculosis, which can be contracted through the air. Texas Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza told Breitbart that 70 percent of Border Patrol agents were now reassigned to caring for the unaccompanied minors rather than monitoring the border. more >>
Our founders based our nation on the rule of law. But now lawlessness is becoming the rule. One of the Bible's definitions for sin fits here: "Sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4).
The border crisis is a strong case in point. Congress said no to the DREAM Act, but the president has a phone and a pen, and he says yes.
So now tens of thousands of young people are pouring in through our porous borders down south in hopes of having a chance at the American dream---a dream eluding many already here. more >>
Pope Francis recently spoke on the topic of immigration at a conference in Mexico City, arguing that immigrant children crossing the U.S. border should be "welcomed and protected."
Francis made his statements in a letter to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development conference in Mexico City on Monday, saying that immigration is a fact of modern life and those accepting immigrants into their country should treat the process as a humanitarian effort.
"I must call attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence," Francis wrote in the letter, adding that many times these children cross the border "in extreme conditions, in a hopeful search that most of the time is in vain." more >>
A number of immigrant children seeking to illegally cross the Rio Grande, a natural border between the United States and Mexico in Texas, have been dying in the process and their bodies are reportedly being washed up along the river bank leaving those who knew them with nothing but grief.
A FoxNews.com report said the unending wave of illegal immigrants have been flooding across the river and eagerly surrendering to overwhelmed Border Patrol agents while littering the banks of the Rio Grande, just south of Mission, Texas, with all sizes of life jackets, occasional punctured rafts and in the most heartbreaking of cases "small, lifeless bodies."
"The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen," explained the Fox News report. "Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called 'coyotes,' the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don't make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank," it continued. more >>
The U.S. soccer team did the impossible - they briefly got Americans interested in soccer. We Americans do not like a sport where the score seems to be always 0 to 0. I scored more in junior high school. Well, maybe the same.
Most countries fervent about soccer take the day off for the World Cup, although they will shut down for pretty much anything at any time if it involves drinking and the possibility of a fistfight. Most soccer countries have a riot-based economy anyway.
FIFA, the world soccer, tax-exempt organization that puts on the World Cup, is about as corrupt as the UN. Yet when our country is involved, even if it involves cock fighting, we patriotically care. more >>
Do you remember when President George W. Bush, in 2005, held a summit meeting with the "three amigos" to promote the free movement of people and goods across our borders with Canada and Mexico? The Council on Foreign Relations then spoke of "building a North American community" with a common "security perimeter" and "labor mobility" among our three countries.
Texas planned to build a massive North American Free Trade Agreement superhighway that would begin at its southern border with Mexico and eventually reach northern U.S. cities. The Kansas City Southern Railway bought a Mexican railroad and began branding it as the NAFTA railroad, with the goal of carrying Chinese products from Mexico's Pacific Port of Lazaro Cardenas all the way to Kansas City, Missouri.
The prospect of an economic union with Mexico, which could eventually become a North American Union modeled on the European Union, rightly alarmed many Americans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was forced to abandon his NAFTA superhighway, and President Barack Obama quietly removed Bush's Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America from the White House website. more >>