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June 24, 2014

Facts about unaccompanied minors

Here are six facts you need to know about what President Obama fraudulently calls the unaccompanied minors “urgent humanitarian crisis.”

First, many minors aren’t unaccompanied. Rather, they’re traveling with their mothers, some pregnant with future anchor baby citizens. Other women crossing are of child bearing age-this bodes poorly for Americans who favor limiting population growth. As a whole, the arriving aliens have little education, few jobs skills, and don’t speak English. Many will be dependent on social services throughout their lives.

Second, despite what the Obama administration tells you, the illegal immigrants aren’t fleeing Central American violence. The aliens have advised immigration officials that they intend to reunite with their families, a high percentage of which are also illegal immigrants and who have told their Central American relatives that once inside the United States, Obama will allow them to remain. Before releasing the aliens, officials issue them an immigration court appearance date. Since few show up, the orders are jokingly refer to as “run letters.”

Third, some of those released have contagious diseases. An HHS source, working with the south Texas Border Patrol, reported that many of the youths have pink eye, scabies and tuberculosis but are nevertheless medically cleared and released because of overloaded housing facilities.

Fourth, although there’s talk among some influential Washington D.C. politicians like Hillary Clinton that the aliens should be returned home, Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson don’t echo her sentiment. Quite the opposite, the Department of Justice created a $2 million fund to provide legal representation to the minors. The goal is to help the aliens achieve legal permanent resident status which will eventually lead to citizenship.

Fifth, the alien totals are huge and growing. According to the Border Patrol, unaccompanied children apprehensions increased from 16,067 in fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 24,481 in FY 2012 and 38,833 in FY 2013.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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