Illegal immigration wave

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4 Responses to “Illegal immigration wave”

  1. jlh Says:

    Beyond the legal tangle and crush on Arizona, cf. Brit Hume’s surprising take on the June 9 Fox Report. He has seen met of these kids, and regards them as potential capital for a society that takes in intelligent and motivated refugees and makes them into human capital–like so many waves of immigrants before them who–mostly– integrated and assimilated, lending their diverse talents and cultures to our melting pot.

    His example was the Vietnamese boat people, who showed just by getting here that they had qualities we need from our immigrants–and compared these children who have trekked all the way through Mexico just to get here. Unspoken was the fact that they are not a typical part of the flood of neighboring Mexicans across our borders–many just to immediately “go on the dole.” Also unspoken was the expectation/hope that they could be fostered here and brought up to be contributing citizens, grateful to be here–like the Hungarians and Czechs, Vietnamese, Montagnards and Cambodians, etc.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Forgive me if I don’t recall any time in US history when hundreds of thousands of underage children were unconditionally taken into guardianship, jlh. How exactly will they become “human capital” when their own parents see them as human shields towards a means? Who will foster a child whose parents still can claim custody?

  3. jlh Says:

    Well, I did say it was surprising. And the reliance on government to be proxy for parents is just a little scary. I am trying to imagine what it was about these kids that could impress one of the pioneers in the Fox experiment, and what that may mean for the future direction of the channel.

    Also unexplored in this story so far is: how was it possible for these kids–even assuming legitimate “refugee reasons” for doing it–to simultaneously make the trek, and are there parents hovering i the background?

  4. Fausta Says:

    All those are good questions, jlh, and coyotes don’t work for free, either.