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  •  I truly have empathy for these children and (2+ / 0-)
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    their mothers.

    But we can't be the only country that can help them.

    We have the largest military budget in the world.  We don't have as much social safety nets as other countries do exactly because other countries aren't spending as many billions of dollars on their MIC.

    To really help these children and their mothers, it's time to reach out to other countries to help us out.

    We can't even take care of "our own," let alone these helpless refuges who need help.

    We need to reach out to other countries to help share, dare I say, the "burden," to help those who need help, and yes, they do need help.

    We need help from other countries to help them.  None of them should be deported IMO.  They need a safe place to live with food, shelter, and the opportunity to grow and live a good life.

    The U.S. is not capable of helping them.  Hell, we can't even help our own.

    Let's ask other countries to help us help them.  

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    by gooderservice on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 06:26:25 PM PDT

    •  then don't. (14+ / 0-)

      We all have economy that challenge our philanthopy. Yes. We must take care of our own. But there are those who can dig deep because it is good for their soul. They want to help.
      That is the main idea behind philanthopy. Match the need with the desire of the person to help. It is the choice of the individual. You don't want to ok. I get it. No, I understand it. You don't have it, ok. I have to help with Baby Madeline's medical expenses.  
      But if there are people who want to donate something, why not.

      •  bass-ackwards (3+ / 0-)
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        then don't. We all have economy that challenge our philanthopy. Yes. We must take care of our own. But there are those who can dig deep because it is good for their soul. They want to help.
        And it is wise and noble of you to ask, and to show us where we can contribute if we can.

        I think you have gooderservice exactly backwards, though. I think gooderservice wants to get these kids help in any way possible, including invoking help from whole other countries.

        Now all we need is a way to get this call for help to people in Canada, South America, Europe, etc., so they can help too.

        And the well-deserved embarrassment it would generate towards certain elements in our government (R) might just apply some well-needed forces to the root cause of all this suffering, the effed-up immigration system in this country.......

        I thank you again for posting this Diary.

        "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

        by thanatokephaloides on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 07:26:17 PM PDT

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    •  There are enough refugees (5+ / 0-)

      across the world, European countries are dealing with quite a bit of the fall out from all the middle east fiascoes. You make it sound like this refugee situation is a unique situation and that we have a bigger problem then everyone else, we don't.

      I'm also getting pissy at the notion that we don't have money to help. What we don't have is the will to help. We have plenty of money. We have money to bomb but not to help the surviving victims of our bombs, well I call bullshit. We have the money to help ourselves but instead we get tax cuts for the rich and new prisons.

      Nothing will change until we stop pretending that helping cost too much but hurting is to important to even ask about the price.

    •  A couple of things... (0+ / 0-)
      We have the largest military budget in the world.
      And we spend money and send aid when there are natural disasters in other countries. Along WITH the military.

      The most powerful (and costly) military machine in the history of the planet.

      No qualms about that, but as soon as we start to address problems here on the border, people lose their phuqqing minds! It's not the fault of these kids they are here. If we don't FIRST help these kids, and those sure to follow until this turns around, then we are no better than the coyotes who have been the only people profiting. The rest is sorrow.

      As for the mothers of these kids: What are YOU willing to do for YOUR child? For niece or nephew? Little brother or sister? As for "reaching out" to the respective governments? They don't give a phlying phuq about their own people. You think corruption is bad here, there almost every place is run by the precept, "plata o plomba."

      Silver or lead.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:38:53 PM PDT

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    •  Alternatively (3+ / 0-)
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      It's time to revise the tax code, make the uber-wealthy in this country (of which there are a LOT) pay more, cut the military budget and reapportion it to domestic and public diplomacy needs and regain what we once had as a world leader.

      And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

      by noweasels on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:46:34 PM PDT

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    •  The USA has more than enough resources to help (4+ / 0-)

      all these kids, plus our own.

      We just have cowardly and bat-shit crazy politicians who refuse to tax the right sources and spend money on helping humanity instead of blowing it to bits.

      (and that includes members on both sides of the aisle)

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  Turkey, which has a population (2+ / 0-)
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      of 75,000,000 has taken in a million Iraqi refugees. Jordan, which has fewer than 9 million citezens, yet they have taken in almost 2 million refugees.

      These countries are not know for their extensive social safety nets. Much of the money to support these refugees comes from the UN and outside donors.

      But the Turks and Jordanians do nor shirk in their duty to aid those in need. Perhaps this is a reflection of the Muslim preaching, very clearly put forth by Muhammed that one should not eat while your neighbor is hungry.

      I think Jesus Christ said many similar teachings, but too many Christians focus on Leviticus to the detriment of understanding the New Testament.

       At times like this, I would hope all Americans, or at least all Progressives would want to do everything within their power to help these children and their mothers. I suspect that this is only the beginnin of this exodus from the growing Hellscape that is Central America.

      Since the US did a lot to create this humanitarian disaster back in the 80's and 90' it is very much our job to comfort the victims of those policies.

      Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

      by OIL GUY on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 07:13:25 AM PDT

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