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No matter what their eventual fate whether it is in the US or to be returned home that is up to the congress and the President to work it out.

Screaming in front of buses,waving guns and hatred belittles us all as Americans. These children sent by their parents in the hope of giving them a future away from the violence and conditions that most Americans cannot even comprehend. Even discounting the geopolitics we played in our own hemisphere and much of the damage we enabled during the past decades below our Southern border, we should be better than hate filled mobs.

These are children and one day they will be the future of their respective countries, if their impression of America is one of armed bozos playing uber-patriot at the border or hate filled mobs screaming abuse; these will be remembered. Words and actions matter even in geopolitics.

Conversely if the children, who through no fault of their own arrive in our country are treated with love, kindness and respect then when and if they go home, this too will be remembered.

So rather than the voices of fear and loathing from the right drowning out the the common sense that most of us have, it is time these xenophobic voices were silenced by our actions. To do this congressional republicans need to grow up, and some of their unelected mouthpieces need to take a holiday.

Any money spent on housing, feeding, educating and nurturing is money well spent for the future. Even if they are forced home by the law at least they will have these memories to share at home. We owe them at the very least a goodwill gesture, we owe that to ourselves as human beings.

The only long term solution to this is investment in Central and South America meeting the needs of their people and not for our own self interests as in the past. This is a much longer and slower process, in the meantime a little kindness and respect will go a long way.

I am sure the vast majority of Americans feel the same way even if there are differences on whether they should be allowed to stay or be sent home to their families and uncertain fate.

Respect costs nothing, kindness is free and as the richest country on earth a little expense is hardly an insupportable burden.

Originally posted to LaFeminista on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 02:06 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Barriers and Bridges.

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