I don't blame the people in Central America for wanting to come to America. We have a great country. Neither do I fault Americans who protest the invasion of illegals-- especially when so many are waiting to enter our wonderful, benevolent country the legal way. I understand some arguments on how we should care about those poor children, too. It's not their fault they are hauled over a thousand miles of treacherous terrain to illegally enter another country. They don't know what legal and illegal mean. However, our government knows; so do their countries' governments. They know what a border means. They know exactly what they are doing.
I confess, I get a bit disgusted with folks who tell invasion protesters that they need to have more humanity. There was one guy dumping his sanctimonious dribble on my friend's Facebook status today. My friend simply voiced her opposition to the Obama-led, sanctioned invasion. This guy's remark made it seem like she cared nothing about people. This guy didn't know how many thousands of young teenagers that this woman has helped in her lifetime-- that they all call her Mama-D. Teens that other people ignored and gave up on, she cared for, inspired and nurtured. It irritated me that someone from Ireland would dump on an American like my friend who simply wants to protect her country. America is not oblivious to the heartache, problems and challenges these people have who are invading our country. We have spent billions trying to help their countries.
Do you know how much we mean and inhumane Americans sent Honduras in 2012? $88,415,635. And $9,216,835 went for Global Health and Child Survival (yet, they can't control their diseases and send their children to the U.S.). There's also thousands of humanitarian mission trips that Christians contribute to these countries that is not discussed. Nor is the trade we give them. Or the tourism.
Yet, America is the bad guys for opposing their illegal invasion into our country? Just this week, my Sunday School department and our church helped send a volunteer team to Honduras with a dental clinic ministry. Not the first year, either. We have no idea how many other Southern Baptists, Methodists, Catholics and other faiths do the same kind of mission work in these countries and others around the world.
America sent Guatemala $144,633,432 in 2012. Twenty-one million for Global Health and Child Survival, $10,058,441 for drug control. Yet, their cartels charge helpless and hopeless people thousands of dollars per head to smuggle them into our country. The U.S. gave a total of $59,519,297 to El Salvador in 2012. We sent $217,622,920 to Mexico in 2012, and that has nothing to do with the untold millions Americans give when they visit Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and other resorts.
Americans put their own health at risk, their own well-being in danger, to care for foreign children who have been exploited for political cause, gain or agenda. They labor among these people with reported cases of TB, Swine Flu, Scabies, Lice, Measles, Chicken Pox and other life-threatening and communicable diseases.
Our country is hurting economically, educationally, and physically. Our Veterans are dying because our government is not taking care of them and Vets are waiting for crucial doctor appointments. But these illegals are flooding our hospitals and ERs and will put greater strain on our medical community. The Lawton Constitution said the estimated cost for caring for these illegal aliens was 250 dollars a day. Let that sink in. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS A DAY. Tell me how many people in America make 250.00 a day? We do not have that many Hillary Clintons in our country making 200-thousand dollars a pop for a speech. Few writers I know get a 14-Million dollar book advance for a book that craters the first week it hits the book stores.
Many cities such as ours here in Lawton, and that one in Murietta, California are hanging on for dear life in this lousy economy that this president has done nothing about. It's time Congress cuts off the purse-strings to these Central American countries and if they keep sending illegals, we'll use the aide we are sending them and take care of these children as best we can till we can get a president who will protect our borders and defend our nation.