Good lord, what I’m hearing. People want to flood the border areas with humanitarian aid. They want us to take these people and give them baths and meals and medical care. Tent cities with running water and sewage systems, legal aid and education stations. Heaven forbid a sponsored taco night with a mariachi band.
Who’s gonna pay for it all?
This is America. We have billions to throw around especially if you’re a well-connected business so paying doesn’t create any burden. That’s what FEMA is for.
Ok, so why shouldn’t we do these things?
Oh, yah. That’s it. They’re brown people.
This IS America. Trump and Co. may be gone but the hate in the society remains.
Right now it’s emanating from the border patrol and its entrenched bureaucracy.
Lies, cover-up or not this gag order does not look good.
I have no doubt the present BP bureaucracy is less than forthcoming on a whole slew of issues but those are issues the media should uncover. Not being able to talk to the agents makes that a bit problematic.
The larger issue is transparency even when some inscrutable sources try to make a political football.
If kids are kept inside for days on end sleeping on the floor then we should know about it. And instead of responding with gag orders Biden and Co should be responding with cruelty charges against the agents and their superiors and their superiors and etc., like that.
but the pragmatic side of me grimaces at the thought of how to follow through with it.
Don't. Use the J&J one jab vaccine.
I agree we need to establish more consistent, logical, politically doable immigration policies, whatever that is. But we don't have to be detestable ogres to our guests waiting for us to pull our heads out of our. We have only known about this problem on the southern border for two generations. Almost 50 years now. A major infrastructure should have been in place. So now, we have to play catch up to the humanitarian situation at many times the cost.
But, we are Americans. We can do this. We can be humane and hospitable before we ship them back to hell.
I loved the food in Laredo. I remember that huge flag. A lot of the people I was working with would leave about 3pm, cross the border to go home for lunch and siesta, and return about 5pm to finish out the day at, well, major bank IT rooms, there wasn't really a finish to the day. We had to look at the schedule and see if we could kinda fake one.
I also remember the horn-blasting symphony of the backed-up trucks on the 4-lanes of solid 18-wheelers stretching miles up the highway all pointing south. Back-ups used to last for hours.
Honk, honkhonkhonk...honk, honkhonk, honkhonk ... honk, honkhonk ... for hours. A true cultural delight.
You are right, of course, we have the infrastructure for mass crossings. But not enough dedicated to the issue of controlled immigration humanely conducted.
The supplies would follow after the processing of the paperwork, and we could get on with caring for these people and all those kids.
I am in favor of humanitarian aid as a moral duty, but I also know that there are limits.
As for numbers, I'll let others decide that until my coronation.
Until then we give humanitarian aid to however many for however long.
We're a rich and a smart country. We can do this without much of a strain. Make the immigration centers humane, safe. We can throw a million bureaucrats into the "Welcome Centers" and get these people processed, by whatever standards, and get them going on their new life or give them the boot.
Its a bit like inviting people to stay at your house.
It's more like making room for new family in the house. You may have to build some additions to your societal floor plan ... and enjoy just a whole lot of really good new food.
Our people should have some say as to what that number is.
You do know what representative democracy means, yes?
I think we’re on the same page here Phat. Treat them well while they're here and let the people decide how many.