There is no doubt the foster care system in America is overwhelmed. Hundreds of thousands of abused, neglected and homeless children swarm in and out of its complexity. However, America still has a moral obligation to help innocent immigrant children escaping religious, personal, and sexual persecution who bleed through our borders daily.
I know this is not a “popular” school of thought. However, as an advocate for healthier, stronger and safer children, how can I not be proud that my country has the ability to shelter and protect children who are not American, but who come here seeking refuge? Children who come from blood stained streets, homes with no electricity, war-torn towns; children whose last hope rests in this country.
As a former foster child myself, a child that was abused and thrown away, I know first hand that the system here falters. But I also know that children can come from the darkest place, the dungiest corners of the world, can encounter the most violent atrocities, and be healed. If given the opportunity at a young age, a child can be saved!
It is reprehensible that my fellow advocates across many media platforms are condemning the education and support of innocent immigrant (unaccompanied) children. I question the intention of any advocate who thinks discarding “other people’s children” is the right thing to do, and I wonder if they sleep at night and what they are really advocating.
Let me be clear, I am not a proponent of unrestrained illegal immigration. I am a vehement supporter of national security, and a passionate supporter of national defense. The children I am referring to are not in any way associated with those that CLEARLY want to bring more drugs or guns into this country. They are not associated with the deplorable terrorist murderers who want to instill fear and mayhem in our streets. Moreover, amongst the drudgery that comes in to this country, are the innocent.
Many immigrant children lose their lives along the route to America, many young bodies are strewn across the deserts near our borders. Families put all they own in their pockets and walk, hitchhike, and float on rafts to get here. HERE.
Thousands of parent-less children have left countries that allow “rape” camps, allow drug cartels to break down family doors, who do not allow the education of children or women, who ration out minimal food to their communities and who have the legal right to steal and take income from households.
These children are coming here for exactly what our constitution DIRECTLY offers: the right for all to live free. It is a place where the tired and wretched can come to find opportunity. America.
I do not think we should open our borders and allow anyone in, but I do think that the thousands of children risking their lives crawling across the border, do so because what is behind them is far worse and sickening than any persecution in this country. Some of these children, if given the chance at having loving families and an education, can grow up to make America a better place. They can improve us, as generations of innocent immigrants have before them.
We DO have the resources here to do as our nation promised hundreds of years ago. WE can find a way to protect our borders from terrorism, but PROTECT the children clinging over wire fences, dredging through the hot desert, looking for salvation. I am proud to be an Italian American, and even more proud of the opportunities this country can and should provide to children needing salvation.
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