Fugitive children

I don’t get it. The US gives over $30-billion in humanitarian aid annually. A big chunk of that money goes to assist countries who take in people from neighboring countries fleeing war and certain death. Somewhere around a billion dollars has been sent to cash-strapped Jordan to help with housing Iraqis fleeing militant religious groups that indiscriminately murder those who do not support their extremism.

Now, today, here at home, tens of thousands of children are flooding the country fleeing kidnapping and murder because they are not part of a drug cartel gang. What’s the difference between having a gun held at people’s heads because they belong to a different religious group or sect and a family threatened with assassination because they do not support drug trafficking? It’s the same threat, isn’t it?

I don’t know what the answer is. What I do know is that humanitarian aid to a foreign country to provide safe haven for refugees is approved by most Americans. But when it is in our own backyard? Well, that’s another story. Load those kids up and send them back to the drug wars? It’s unconscionable.

To paraphrase from the bible, if anyone harm one of these children and lead them astray, it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and dropped into the sea.

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