The Good – Religious groups are flocking to aid migrant children.
Clergy in America are supporting humane treatment for migrant children. As one said, “How do we want to be remembered? For yelling and screaming for the children to go back? Or for using our traditions to have compassion and love for the lives of God’s children?
The opposition of residents of Murrieta, CA to the buses carrying migrant children shocked many people.
Conservative religion groups, such as the Catholic Bishops, often stand with Republicans on social issues such as opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. However, unlike Republicans, conservative religious groups are strong supporters of immigration reform.
The Bad – Swindlers are preying on the families of migrant children.
Detailed information about migrant children housed in Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Fort Sill in Oklahoma is in the hands of con artists. It is not clear how they are getting the information.
Nearly 4,500 children have gone through these two sites. According to the F.B.I., adults sponsoring the children are being asked for money. The swindlers say the money is needed for fees and transportation.
Parents are desperate to see their children. They are being asked for sums ranging from $350 to $6,000. Swindlers ask for payment via wire transfer, debit cards or money orders. Sometimes they ask for bank information when parents are paying by debit card.
Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services are calling for quick action. They want to know who is behind the scheme. Many of the people who paid money are afraid to come forward. They are undocumented.
The Ugly – Congress is using the migrant children crisis for political reasons.
A Republican senator said, “It looks like we are on track to do nothing. That is a tragedy. One not for just for us but for all of these children who are being lured to our borders.”
A stumbling block is the 2008 law that gives special protection for children from Central America. Republicans want the law changed. They want to make it easier to send children back. Most Democrats oppose the change.
Congress will soon adjourn. It probably will not come back into session until after Labor Day.
Source: The New York Times July 22, July 23, July 23, 2014