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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 5:28 pm

The plight of unaccompanied Central American children crowded into a Border Patrol facility in Nogales brought tears to a state legislator from Sahuarita who toured it on Monday.

Sen. Andrea Dalessandro visited the converted warehouse with Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino and was told by a Border Patrol supervisor that the processing station would remain open until the end of September, and possibly longer.

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1 comment:

  • Anonymous User posted at 11:06 am on Sun, Jun 15, 2014.

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    All of a sudden, tens of thousands of minors are illegally flooding into this country, many carrying diseases that had been eradicated in this country. Why is nobody asking how all this has come about? And why now? This rampant law-breaking is a disaster for this country, and it is certainly a disaster for the individuals trekking across Central and South America heading for our borders. The head of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers said, “This is not a humanitarian crisis. It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes.” Thus our Border Patrol agents can no longer fulfill their mission “to detect and prevent the illegal entry of aliens into the United States”; now their mission is to provide child-care services. The Deputy Chief of the Border Patrol said this flood of minors “is compromising DHS capabilities to address other transborder criminal areas;” thus they are being diverted from their priority mission of “preventing terrorists and terrorists weapons…from entering the United States.” This crisis is compromising our national security. It will also severely stress our health-care system, but Attorney General Holder has announced that lawyers will be provided to “protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of society.” And incidentally, to provide employment for AmeriCorps lawyers. But this is not an earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. This is a man-made disaster. Several days before his first inauguration as President, Barack Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Rather than lament the plight of these minors, I suggest that our elected officials, on both sides of the aisle, should lament the abandonment of our American Constitutional tradition and the Rule of Law that they swore to uphold. We are witnesses to history; we are witnesses to our politicians who, as we watch, are “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Perhaps someone should ask, “transforming” into what?

     

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