8/26/2014 6:00:00 AM Letter: Border concerns merely hysteria
Hyperbolic hysteria, couched in false information, has long been the standard when it comes to immigration issues. At one time the Irish were called, "Worthless drunks filled with cholera and loose morals who will destroy our nation if they are not stopped from entering." During the 1840s, Irish immigration increased dramatically as the potato blight destroyed the staple of the Irish diet. Hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrated. And as they came to America they faced hatred from so-called "real "Americans.
Today we are see equally disturbing hyperbole claiming refugee children are infected with all manner of, "diseases either previously unknown in the U.S. or long ago stamped out." What is missing is the fact they have been screened and vaccinated. Figures indicate of 4,000 processed through Nogales, one case of TB was found.
This is not an illegal immigrant crisis, but a refugee crisis. Fools like Raphael Cruz, a Canadian born citizen and son of a Cuban Communist granted asylum in the United States, have pushed for the mean-spirited legislation to further punish these children.
In a recent interview, Linda Ronstadt said, "These children are just fleeing for their lives, their parents are just sending them out because it is the only way that they have of living - into a terrible, dangerous journey and an uncertain future in the United States that is populated with people who seem to hate them - that's how desperate they are."
A Guatemalan youngster interviewed in Nogales, Mexico when asked about returning home said, "I can't, because I already took the risk to come here. And if I go back the mara will be waiting to kill me."
Also ignored is the legislation allowing these children to seek asylum was heavily back by Evangelical Christians and signed into law by George W. Bush.
It has been suggested, "ALL Americans pray, write, phone, fax, march in the streets." An excellent idea. We need to demonstrate we are a generous and compassionate nation and take action to protect these children.