Dear God, how distressing it is to see 50,000 children and young women–who are fleeing the parts of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are killing fields–being played as political pawns by politicians pandering to Americans’ lowest instincts.
In this case, these are not desperately poor people from those countries willing to risk life and limb over thousands of searing hot miles, aiming to sneak into our country because they are willing to be exploited for their cheap, stoop labor by Americans who are plenty willing to pay them slave wages so that we the well-to-do in America can eat and dress well at low costs and have people to scrub our toilets for us, hammer out houses to enrich our construction businesses and boost our economy, pick our food and pluck our chickens, wash our dishes and bus our tables at our restaurants, make up our beds and nanny our children for us so that we can have fulfilling American lives.
No, this crisis on the border is not about Central Americans sneaking in at all, much less invading like so many barbarians at the gate.
These are kids surrendering at our border in hopes of attaining asylum under an asylum law, a law tailored to care for these very kids from Central America.
A law that was desired by and signed by that compassionate conservative that Americans would love to have back in office, now that he’s been gone for years and memories of his considerable number of failed policies have dimmed, George W. Bush.
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So who in this bitter, xenophobic political argument America is having is calling for repeal of the American law that gives automatic asylum to any man, woman or child who makes it to our shores and borders from Cuba?
Rick Perry? John Boehner? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio?
Why is a Cuban child’s life so sacrosanct that we’ll find room to absorb the child in south Florida, while the life of an 8 year old Guatemalan boy or a 10 year old Honduran girl–who has seen family members and other children in their schools get literally get chopped up with machetes–is not quite so sacred and too expensive to absorb?
Isn’t any child’s life valued as sacred in America, the one nation supposedly under God?
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I don’t see how rabid, anti-abortion politicians like my own Gov. Rick Perry, who speaks so emphatically about the “sanctity of life,” can so emphatically keep pushing the simplistic solution of sending these kids back to where they came from as fast as we can get them back to where they came from.
The solution is as simple as that in his mind, and in the simple minds of others: we just send them right back to the death traps and killing fields from which they came to “invade” us, or to “break into our country” like nasty little baby burglars intent on robbing us and our treasury and giving us tuberculosis to-boot.
Ick. Look at those disease-riddled kids from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, countries whose lands we’ve raped and peoples we’ve exploited for God only remembers how long now.
This “invasion,” in their minds of Rick Perry and others, is somehow the intentional conspiracy of a (Kenyan-born, secret Muslim) President that they seem to suspect of somehow mailing out invitations on White House stationery to the kids to come to America for whatever reason the President might want the crisis of 50,000 children to grapple with. (The Texas governor was once asked if President Obama is a Christian and Perry said yes, he believes the President is a Christian. God must have been relieved to learn this from our Holy Guv.)
Whatever it takes to whip up the emotionalism and passions of xenophobes and racists who can’t even stand the sight of desperate, helpless children flashing on their TV screens–whatever it takes to win a majority in Congress in November and the White House in 2016, well … if it means using children as political pawns in political games that solve no problems, so be it.
Until next time from here where I live 10 minutes from millions of allegedly dangerous little, disease-riddled Guatemalan children ….
God bless you and God bless Central America and the broken, sin-filled world so desperately in need of the grace and tender mercies of our political gods who promise to save us in November.
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