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    jan4insight, Rogneid

    >At least in Maryland, where the opinionating art seems to strangle on local politics.

    Certainly it's fair to debate whether a 2008 anti-human trafficking law (signed by President George W. Bush) preventing immediate deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central America and elsewhere is playing a role in the current crisis. It's also possible that President Obama's decision, in the face of Congressional Republicans' unwillingness to enact comprehensive immigration reform, to provide temporary protection from deportation for some undocumented immigrants brought here as children is being misinterpreted abroad. But neither one is the root cause of the sudden surge in children risking their lives to come here. They come because of rampant violence and unrest, much of it tied to the drug trade, and many of them would face legitimate danger if they returned.

    Their numbers may be sufficient to overwhelm our border patrol and immigration courts, but the 75,000 or so we're on pace to receive this year amount to about 0.02 percent of the U.S. population. To put that in some context, Lebanon, a nation of about 4.4 million people, is housing nearly 1.1 million Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations. That's roughly the equivalent of the U.S. absorbing the entire populations of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — twice over.

    We must do everything we can to stem this flow of underage migrants at the source for the simple reason that the journey itself puts them at so much risk. But we also need to share the responsibility for caring humanely for those who are already here. We can do that, but only if we put the welfare of these children ahead of politics.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 05:05:10 PM PDT

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