The hue and cry about the children entering the US from Central America has reinforced my impression that Republicans don’t like children. It is hard to know what all the motivations are for their coming to the US, but at least part of the motivation is that their lives are threatened if they stay at home. There is at least some chance that if they stay, they will die, or they will be drafted into drug gangs and be forced to kill other people. To some extent they are escaping a culture of extreme violence. The Republicans don’t seem to care about this; they seem perfectly willing to deport these children even if returning them to their homes means certain death. When Ted Cruz was asked about this he avoided the issue of threats at home by talking about how dangerous the trip to the US is, and how the coyotes who transport them for thousands of dollars take advantage of them sexually and financially, and endanger or desert them on the trip. He implied that he had no responsibility for what their life was like at home. Yet, while they may not be political refugees, they appear to be refugees from fighting as much as Syrians, Palestinians, Ukrainians and others around the world. You are just as dead if you or killed by a drug cartel or a rebel terrorist group.
This example of not caring about children is added to domestic attitudes, where they oppose abortion, forcing mothers to have unwanted children. Then they cut off or reduce food stamps and other programs that would help the mothers take care of these children after they are born. It’s almost as if they enjoy the screams of hungry children. Perhaps it makes the Republicans feel better about their own coddled children who attend private schools and have everything they want. They profess to be Christian but ignore the injunctions to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The government may not be the best institution to carry out these Biblical injunctions, they should at least recognize that, and say who or what will help take care of these endangered children, or at least make the case that we (our society) would like to do so, but cannot afford to.
If we cannot take these children into the US, could we at least help set up safe havens for them in their own countries where their lives would not be in danger? Could we do more to reign in the drug gangs? Could we do more to stop Americans from strengthening the drug cartels by paying them billions for the drugs?