There was a time when people dressed for dinner, dressed for church and most certainly dressed for balls and for proms. We still consider a prom something special and so we attire ourselves specially. Sadly, Maren Sanchez will not be dressing for anything anymore as she will be dead three months on July 16th, murdered by one of her “friends,” Chris Pakson who hacked her to death in their school’s stairwell with a kitchen knife. The two were sixteen years old.
Pakson apparently had a history of mental illness being described as a “hacker” – a person who inflicted knife wounds on himself. He also had been diagnosed with ADHD. The prosecution in Connecticut is planning on charging him as an adult after he undergoes a thorough mental evaluation. The reason for Maren’s death was that she rejected his invitation to attend their school’s prom.
It seems that even with apparent medical diagnosis and attention, Pakson was given free reign to walk, attend school and murder his long time friend. Here was a young man whom the medical community recognized as having “issues” yet certainly no one thought that those “issues” would result in such a tragic ending.
On our open southern border we have been seeing a growing influx of “children” who are escaping the horrible conditions in Central America. Honduras is the murder capital of the world. Under the guise of humanitarian concerns, the Obama administration effectively is inviting these youngsters.
Now we have a proposal to spend $3.7 Billion, ninety-seven percent of which is designated to the care, housing, feeding and schooling of these children – and three percent to adding more border patrol agents to try to stem the flood of these immigrants. Estimates are that comes to an approximate expenditure of about $75,000 per new immigrant – a number that dwarfs the amount that we spend on our own children who are recipients of various social benefit programs.
Despite the picture which is generally conveyed that these kids are “toddlers” who have on their own made a fifteen hundred mile trek to emancipation, it appears that many of these children are in fact young juveniles in their mid to late teens. Perhaps that is the reason that the administration is essentially barring not only the press but members of Congress from taking a first eye view of the holding centers where they are temporarily being housed – before being shipped off throughout the country to places unknown.
Recent estimates are that the “coyotes” who specialize in assisting those who are seeking a new home in the United States are collecting $5,000 per person for those in this latest wave crossing the Rio Grande. That is a phenomenal amount when you consider that the average person in Honduras earns less than $2,000 per year. Where are these indigent people obtaining such a relatively large amount of money to make the journey? Could it be that some of our foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is being used by those countries’ governments to encourage the export of their own citizens?
In one respect, until the Congress changes a 2008 law which granted special protection to illegal immigrants who come from anywhere but Mexico and Canada, our border crisis will continue. It is surprising that the president has not taken out his pen and written an executive order to alter that law. He has shown no hesitancy doing so with respect to other laws. Nor has he picked up the phone and called the presidents of the three Central American countries who are losing their citizens and threatened them with a reduction in the aid that we supply unless they co-operate in helping to stem the flow. For that matter, a call to President Nieto of Mexico would be in order as well – encouraging him to apprehend these migrants before they reach our border.
There is no one who does not have empathy for these kids and their plight. But at the same time, we ought to have empathy for our own children and our adult population as well. Allowing youngsters whose backgrounds are uncertain, who may or may not be gang members and who almost certainly have the potential to bring infectious diseases into the country where they can spread these among the general population does not seem like a well-reasoned policy, humanitarianism or not.
At the least, we should treat those who are in their mid-teens as adults, as the Connecticut prosecutors are treating Chris Pakson for murdering his schoolmate. That would at least moderately ease the backlog of illegal Central American youngsters who are awaiting deportation hearings – a process that will take many years to accomplish. The ultimate answer is to have an administration in power that recognizes the absolute sovereignty of our nation’s borders and comes to the table with a sincere proposal both to secure those borders and negotiate a workable, reasonable and compassionate path to citizenship for those who want to resettle in America.
We may have to wait several years if not longer before that happens. In the meanwhile, there will be no Central American wallflowers at our “Open Border Dance.” You can’t blame them for wanting to escape the deplorable conditions in their native countries. Nor can you blame them for wanting to come here. After all, Obama and his administration have sent them an engraved invitation for them to attend.