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 >>
Seventy-five percent of current illegal immigrants are coming from countries in Central America, South America, the Middle East, West Africa, China, India, Pakistan and others far beyond Mexico where multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is common and extremely widespread in children and adults. Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB) is an even more serious form of TB accounting for about 10 percent of cases in these countries, particularly Central/South America and India. Many illegal border crossers now flooding the U.S. southern border, are carrying an invisible, disease-causing co-traveler: the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium.
MDR-TB does not respond well to treatment, even with complicated and expensive medications that must be taken over a two-year period and can cause severe adverse drug reactions. XDR-TB doesn't respond well even to second-line drugs and therefore is more likely to cause death.
Tuberculosis, or "consumption" as it was called in the past, is a highly contagious disease that killed millions before being essentially eradicated in the U.S. In the 1920s, TB was the 8th leading cause of death in children 1-4 years old. By the 1960s, with improved sanitation, medical care, and antibiotics, TB was drastically reduced. The last remaining TB hospital in the U.S. recently closed its doors. more >>
A Texas family blames the federal government's inability to secure the U.S. border for the alleged assault of their 9-year-old daughter by an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
"He came across 30 days ago during all this influx of children from Central America," Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler told WFAA about the suspect who's been deported four times since 2003.
"I'm tired of the politics. That's what it is — politics. Secure the border and let's get on with it," Fowler added. more >>