By Anton Afterwit
I often make fun of the Liberal Left for their cries of, “But if we could only save one child” that they often trot out to support many of their whacky programs designed to spend your money. Just another talking point that has no basis in fact and is only meant to pull your emotional heartstrings. Unfortunately, they lack in principles and do not really care about the welfare of children which is evidenced by their stand on immigration.
The push by the Liberal Left for amnesty for illegals and especially for children who were brought to the country illegally has led to a massive influx of illegal immigrants who are women with children or just children travelling alone. The Border patrol has documented cases of some minor children as young as 6 years old traveling alone. And we are not talking about a small number. We are talking about 10,000 in 2011 and an expectation that the number will reach 60,000 this year alone. And since numbers are meaningless without perspective, Fauquier County Public Schools have 11,000 children in the system. So imagine in years past we had all the children in Fauquier County crossing the border. Now imagine 6 times that number.
Now that you see the scope, let us examine the experience these children face. Many of these children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In case you are not familiar with geography, that is approximate 1300 miles or more from the southernmost part of Texas. That is farther than the distance from New York to Miami; or Warrenton, VA to Oklahoma City, OK. On this travel they are subject to random physical and sexual abuse by many along the way. They are also subject to kidnapping, enslavement, and death. It is estimated that at least half never make it and wind up as slaves to the Mexican Cartels as laborer or turned into prostitutes. Many are introduced into drugs or turned into drug couriers. Most suffer from a lack of nourishment and even water on their travels with many succumbing to their needs in the desert or in the border cities awaiting their travel into the US. They cannot even seek help from the law enforcement or medical authorities in Mexico because they fear deportation back to their original country.
For those that do make it, they are then thrown into a detention center with thousands of other children. Here they are subjected to diseases that they may not have experienced on the way and for which they have no immunity. They are also subjected to physical and sexual abuse by other minors in the detention facilities and often will not speak up for fear of retribution or deportation. And of course they are still subjected to emotional stress from their pseudo incarceration and integration into a society where they are unfamiliar.
The dangers are not limited to the minors that are coming from these countries. There is also the risk these children pose to your children. They bring with them diseases for which your children do not have immunity to. They also bring experience with drugs and other behaviors that they continue even after integration as they do not have the same understanding of the behavior being unacceptable. So as they are integrated into our school systems, they bring potential pandemic diseases and behavioral abnormalities with them.
You may think that the risk is small or that somehow your children may be immune. If you are not familiar with any of the pandemic events from our history, let me remind you of a few. 1832-1849 Cholera Pandemic killed over 150,000 in the US. 1918-1919 Spanish Flu killed over 675,000 in the US. 1957-1958 Asian Flu killed over 70,000 in the US. 1968-1969 Hong Kong Flu killed over 34,000 in the US. Our modern threats include MERS, SARS, Influenza, Avian Flu not to mention the vast number of non-fatal debilitating diseases that can be spread (West Nile, Lyme, Dengue Fever, or even Chikungunya just to name a few).
And as you think about this remember that the number of illegal immigrants caught is not the same as the number that are actually making it through without being caught. It is estimated that 20 million and 40 million illegal aliens have evaded apprehension and live in the US. According to governmental reports, the likelihood of being apprehended is only 35%. So if we are catching 60,000, that means another 120,000 are not being caught. And this is just the minor children, not the entire number of illegal immigrants.
Now is the time to get serious about illegal immigration. The biggest threat the United States faces today is the wave of illegal entry into the United States. Failing to address the problem is not going to solve it.