• Immigration - Worth the Read

    Found this on Facebook.  Its rather long, but it puts more facts to our current immigration issues with the US American border.

    Facts are always good!

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    Mike Harlos
    So I have almost completely avoided political posts for over a year now.
    Today, I take a break from that. 
    Tornillo, TX is on the US/Mexico border. There is a “tent city facility” setup there. The facility is housing 326 children (312 boys, 14 girls). 
    Of the 326:
    162 are from Guatemala
    117 are from Honduras
    40 are from El Salvador
    4 are from “other countries”
    3 are from Mexico
    (And apologies, I would love to post a Fox News link but they don’t seem to be trying to get into these facilities to release these kinds of statistics, but if it happens someone please let me know!)
    I think it’s a fair assumption that the percentage of children would also be fairly close to the percentage of adults that came to the border. 
    So if less than 1% are from Mexico, what exactly is happening?
    The reason that 98% are from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala is that, out of 195 countries:
    El Salvador has the 2nd highest rate of violent deaths.
    Honduras has the 4th highest rate of violent deaths.
    Guatemala has the 17th highest rate of violent deaths.
    I’ve included a map for those unaware of the locations of each of these countries.
    We are being told that all these people “pouring into the US” are Mexican drug dealers, rapists, murderers, “bad hombres”. 
    But it just isn’t true. 
    Think about when a major hurricane comes to Florida and people pack up their vehicles and evacuate, out of caution, especially those with children... just in case. Depending on the situation, people typically traveling 50-500 Miles (driving to inland Florida or Atlanta/Tennessee) 
    Now imagine it’s a hurricane that is firing bullets randomly and people are dying all around you in your neighborhood every day. And you have children. 
    To quote President Ronald Reagan, from his final Oval Office address to the nation: 
    “The past few days when I've been at that window upstairs, I've thought a bit of the "shining city upon a hill." The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important because he was an early Pilgrim, an early freedom man. He journeyed here on what today we'd call a little wooden boat; and like the other Pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.
    I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still.”
    The VAST MAJORITY of the people coming to the United States are coming, in the ways discussed so much lately, are seeking refugee status or asylum. 
    US Legal Definitions of both “refugee” and “asylum”:
    Stop getting caught up in just agreeing with everything someone says or does because you voted for that person and if they do something wrong, it’s human nature to defend the choice you made in that voting booth. 
    Don’t put pride and ego ahead of intellect. 
    Every situation should be judged based on fact, not on who is saying it or doing it and not just because it’s “your team”. 
    Parents aren’t taking their children and leaving everything else and everyone else they’ve ever known to walk, raft, swim, hide in vehicles, etc for ~2,000 miles to get to our border and request refugee or asylum status just to “get free hand outs” and “take our jobs”. 
    (1 little sidenote, if “Mexico” (And we’ve already established it mostly isn’t Mexico) is really sending their worst (no one is sending these people, and I can’t imagine that most people that really care about their children this much are “the worst”) that are “murderers, drug dealers, rapists” and you’re worried about one of these people taking your job, what the hell is it you do for a living?)
    Yes, any time you have a large number of people, there will be some bad apples. But there’s a reason you’ve never been shown actual statistics that show that someone coming here as a refugee or seeking asylum is any more likely to commit a crime than anyone else. Because it isn’t true.
    MOST are doing it for the same reasons people evacuate. 
    They’re doing it to protect their loved ones.
    And they’re doing it in a way that is consistent with the United States Refugee & Asylum laws. 
    I can explain it to you
    I cannot understand it for you.
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