Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

Leviticus 19:18

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Except if they come from Mexico or Guatemala then send them back…

It’s not every day that I open my blog post with a bible verse so you know it’s serious.  Hold on to your cowboy hat, I’ve got a rant today.

It’s no secret that we’ve got a humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern borders.  Thousands of women and children are coming across the border illegally and now our nation is faced with a serious problem of what to do.  America now has refugee camps in places like Texas and Arizona.

Politicians are spending their time with the blame game while admittedly I don’t think anyone really knows what to do.

Here’s my beef with the whole thing.  It all centers on the Bible verse up there.  Almost every day I read about how this nation is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles.  You want gay rights?  Stop right there – it’s against Biblical principles – so much so that we need legislation against that.  You want to say Happy Holidays?  Oh no my friend.  We need Merry Christmas legislation to stop that.  You want contraception?  Not on our Christian watch.  We will fight you in court and with legislation at every turn.  You want to teach evolution in school?  Hang on there scientist.  There is a bill preventing that.  All in the name of Christianity.

We have thousands of children showing up at our border looking for a better life and what is the response?  There’s the door and don’t let it hit you on the ass on the way out of Christian America.

I know they didn’t show up here on a one way ticket in first class on United Airlines.  I get that they came here illegally.  I get that there is a “right way” to enter America.  I understand that there is a process people need to follow for citizenship.  But here’s the deal – they are here.  We need to deal with it.  If we can get action from our politicians because people want to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, you are telling me there isn’t the same type of reaction in the name of compassion for these children?

What am I missing?

“Wait Aimee – we can’t afford it.  It’s about the money!  Obama wants $3.7 billion dollars to deal with the problem.”

He wants 3.7 billion with 1.3 billion going for food and shelter for the 52,000 children.

I hate to burst your bubble deportation junkies, but deporting these kiddos isn’t free.  There is a cost associated with sending them back to the hell hole that they came from not to mention the administrative headache.

Let’s do some math shall we?

Here’s the estimated cost for deporting an immigrant:

“However, a 2010 report by Center for American Progress and Rob Paral and Associates took a close look at all the budget appropriations for ICE and broke down the costs per person for each one of the four stages of deportation process: apprehension, detention, legal proceeding and transportation. The whopping cost of deportation per person that they came up with is $23,480.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/deporting-all-of-americas-illegal-immigrants-would-cost-a-whopping-285-billion-2012-1#ixzz36zczrK6T

So if we take 52,000 x $23,480

If my math is correct that equals $1,220,960,000

So Republicans, we don’t have the money Obama is requesting, but we do have $1.2 billion to deport these kids?   The Republicans are making it seem like deportation doesn’t cost anything and Obama’s plan is the only one that will end up costing taxpayers money.  Gig’s up guys.  Both ways cost money.

In the end, we need to do something.  We need to help these children.  We need to at least provide these children with food, shelter and health care.  It’s what a Christian nation would do.  Here’s what I promise for all of you Christian Conservatives, when Christmas comes around I promise we will tell these kids Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays.  Maybe that will get you on board.

Politicians stop the blame game.  Help these children.  It’s not about when it started, it’s about solving the crisis now.  Do something.

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3 thoughts on “Love thy neighbor, unless you are a Latin American kid in the US illegally.

  1. OmahaNews.com says:

    Reblogged this on Omaha News & World Report.

  2. I am beginning to think that you must suffer from a mental disorder. Let me help you with your socialist tunnel vision. A one way ticket from McAllen, Texas, to Guatemala City, Guatemala cost $667. Here is another little tidbit of information Guatemala City is only 1.297 mile from McAllen, Murietta, California is almost 300 miles further, 1,549 miles.

    This is a man made crisis and the blame fall squarely on President Obama. He has created the condition for this to happen by intentionally failing to enforce US immigration law and encouraging the idea that illegally entering the US would be not only be tolerated but promoted with public welfare. From the start President Obama should have gone on one his favorite Spanish TV station and said “Don’t come here, if you come here illegally you will have wasted the trip because we are going top send you right back home.” But he didn’t and still hasn’t which tells me, and anyone not suffering from a mental disorder, that President Obama, and his advisers are either incompetent or they are intentionally propagating this invasion. The Government caused this problem what makes you think they are a) capable of fixing it, b) even want to fix it.

    As for me the fix is simple, give them a bath, a sandwich and a bottle of water and Flight 321 to Guatemala City now boarding at gate 3, Via con Dios

  3. ERnest Evans says:

    Dear Ms. Aimee: I think that you are being a little too harsh on Christians–I go to Church regularly, and a lot of the people I do to Church with regularly work in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, prison ministry, etc. But you have a point when you say that we are treating these refugees in a heartless manner. These children are fleeing from some of the most violent countries in the world: The US has an annual homicide rate of 4 per 100,000 people–El Salvador has 40 per 100,000; Guatemala has 40 per 100.000 and Honduras has 90 per 100,000. They are literally in fear of their lives, and that is why the run the risks of coming to America. There is no simple answer here–if we just “open our borders” we will be flooded with people, but just putting these children on planes and sending them home means sending a lot of them back to a certain death. So, once again, our system will have to do what it least likes to do: Find a compromise way to deal with this crisis. (Finding workable compromises is taboo in modern US politics–much greater rewards in playing the “blame game”.) Take care and God bless. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

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