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Local nonprofit aids in Central American immigrant crisis

Original post made on Aug 1, 2014

Though current debate over what to do with the tens of thousands of children surging across the U.S. border from violence-torn countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras largely focuses on Washington and the cities where the youth are being housed, the issue touched down locally years ago.

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Posted by Nayali
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

I am a Hispanic immigrant. Our family immigrated LEGALLY. Yes, it was a sacrifice for my parents and family. It did take a waiting period. However, we were able to enter legally. We are all U.S. citizens now. My parents and my nine siblings are all taxpayers and not tax-takers.

Something has to be done to stop the flood of foreign nationals who don't legally enter this nation. One thing that differentiates the U.S. from other countries (especially in Latin America) is our respect for the rule of law. Moreover, this nation cannot support "open borders." The idea would make this nation less safe, less financially secure and attract good and bad people to this country.

I consider myself an American. While I certainly sympathize with all immigrants seeking a better life, I cannot support amnesty. It cheapens what so many of us who legally entered this nation worked so hard for.


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Posted by no "crisis"
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

There is no "crisis." It's an outrage, politically contrived scheme to buy voters for a particular political party. Countries always have people trying to cross borders, and countries have the right to stop that. It is clever to label something a "crisis." Meantime, millions have legally entered this country, been identified, screened for communicable illnesses and criminal background, intent, future plans (like: employability) and we should continue with the normal course of things. The fact that border entry applications (immigration proceedings) go slowly is no reason to throw our borders open to anyone. There is no explanation for why the federal government currently refuses to enforce our borders and in fact encourages illegals to enter and delights in spending our hard-earned taxer money OTHER than they wish to buy future voters to keep their political party in office. If you try to enter this country illegally, your are a criminal.


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

@ no "crisis" - I agree with most of what you said. However, there is certainly a crisis right now.

Most of my family lives in the Rio Grande Valley -- the area that is experiencing this crisis more than any other. It is very real. The Rio Grande Valley (from the actual river/border to the 100 mile checkpoints) has always been filled with illegal immigrants. However, it is now at a breaking point.

So many immigrants (and not just children) have flooded into the nation over a very short time that it is noticeable everywhere (e.g., hospitals, clinics, public schools, jails, border detention facilities, etc...). I was recently there and I was surprised by the number of beggars in places that we never used to see them (e.g., movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, etc...). It has never been this bad.

You're right about one thing: There is no compelling reason for the federal government to refuse to enforce border laws. They are overwhelmed; however, the feds should pay for it until they make changes that will remove the reasons why people break into this country.

If all entitlements are removed (and, yes, many illegal immigrants obtain taxpayer-funded entitlements) and illegal foreign nationals have no jobs or housing, they wouldn't have a reason to come in the first place. In fact, they might just demand reform in their own governments.


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Posted by complicated
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

no "crisis"

"There is no "crisis." "

I guess you don't consider the safety of the children a crisis.

I know from someone who had first hand information about the "structure" of some illegal families to bring family over through the Mexico border. There are movies have been made about this common happening. The structure this particularly large family had is to annually fund a new family member to be brought over from farther south than Mexico, using the Mexico border. They paid in the range of $10,000 to a "mule" or something like that. Often, the women usually got "held" at the border for ransom, so they had to have an additional amount of money to pay up.

An adult woman alone would be terrified to make it across. Sending children into this because they don't even know the risks is a crisis, imho. I'm not sure I knwo what the right thing to do is, but the way that illegal immigration works is that it's a business like any other. Families are large and for every illegal child that is admitted, you will need to count another 10-20 family members to eventually make it across the border.


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