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Tuesday, April 11, 2006


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In case it wasn’t clear, I don’t know exactly what I think should be done about the illegal immigration problem. On the one hand, I think the need to secure our borders is simply common sense. On the other hand, I think the overwhelming majority of those folks who are here illegally are good people who are simply looking for that American Dream and are willing to work unbelievably hard to do in order to achieve it.

Such as this guy. Our country could use way, way, way more folks like him.

In 1995, Jose Gutierrez was a 14-year-old orphan in Guatemala when he decided to do what 700,000 other Guatemalans had done -- enter the United States illegally. Two thousand miles and 14 freight trains later, Gutierrez crossed the border. He was promptly arrested by the Border Patrol. Being a minor and without a family, he was spared deportation and turned over to California's welfare system. He spent the next four years in foster homes, learning English, attending and graduating high school, getting his medical needs taken care of by the public-health system.

When he turned 18, Gutierrez got himself a green card. He planned to be an architect. Not quite having the means yet, in 2002 he joined the Marines. A year later he found himself shipping off to Kuwait. And in the first hours on the first day of the Iraq invasion, he was killed on the outskirts of Umm Qasr, just inside the Iraqi border. He was the first of 2,322 Americans (so far) to be killed in the war.



I have to admit, I was previously under the impression that WorldNetDaily was a somewhat religious site:

Every day now, it seems, hundreds of thousands of ungrateful human parasites rally in American cities condemning their host country's lack of hospitality ... They have taken advantage of loopholes in our laws by dropping babies in this country who automatically become U.S. citizens, despite the illegal entry and presence of the parents ... They are darn lucky I am not running the country. I would order mass arrests at these events, forcing every single participant to prove their legal right to be in this country or face deportation. I keep hearing about how expensive it would be to find all of the illegals and deport them. They are making it very easy for us with these rallies. The fact that no one is even suggesting roundups shows just how far gone our country is. —Joseph Farah

I'm trying to reconcile the notion of calling a large group of humans who are looking for a better life "parasites" with the basic tenets of Christianity.

Nope, still can't do it.

I wonder if he means parasites like Jose Gutierrez, the first American killed in the Iraq War.

H/T: Andrew Sullivan


So I've written on here at other times about the illegal immigration situation and its complexity.

It is a complex situation. But the latest news in the past few days are full of stories of American citizens detained for hours because of their skin color. And that’s not complex. That’s very simple: it’s wrong, and it’s unAmerican.

And this? This is just heartbreaking and awful and, yes, unAmerican.

Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained

Marshalltown, Ia. — A priest's and nun’s mission to find the mother of a nursing baby was thwarted today after they said officials from Camp Dodge would not let them inside to tell their story.

Sister Christine Feagan, from the St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry, and The Rev. Jim Miller, who is a priest from the St. Mary’s Parish, both said they drove to Camp Dodge this afternoon to find out the status of a nursing mother who was deported and nursing a baby.

They were also seeking a father with an ashmatic child.

They didn’t come with papers showing legal status. Instead, they wanted “to show them the need to be free,” said Miller.

Miller said he knows detainees were located there, because they were permitted a phone call from Camp Dodge and some had called the church seeking help.

He said an ICE officer at the facility “wouldn’t tell us anything about anybody.”

And this one?

Inside the meatpacking plant, "there was a lady crying because she didn't have anybody else here," Silva said. "She asked my wife if she wanted to adopt her child. Then she was taken away."

This remind anyone else of some of the stories we’ve heard about Europe in the late 1930s? Or Ethiopia in the 1980s? Or Darfur now? I know those comparisons are extremely emotionally-laden, and they are three very, very different situations politically--but all three are full of tales of parents desperate to save their children. Just like this mom from the meat-packing plant.

I don't know the answer—I don't know if there is one answer—but we've got to do better than this.

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