Many of your friends and neighbors -- perhaps even you -- have a tendency to have sympathy for the open-borders advocates' argument that it is a humanitarian obligation to move the minors arriving at our border to shelters around the United States.
In fact, this mass "humanitarian" transportation of illegal aliens from our borders into our interior threatens to create far more danger, abuse, rape, illness and even death for Central American teens.
Because all of those terrible things are happening to the young Central Americans as they make the arduous journey to our border and because the only reason they are doing it is because they believe they have a chance of remaining in this country.
Every story about a busload of illegal aliens arriving in a U.S. community will spur at least five more busloads of minors to risk their dignity, health and lives to leave Central America.
Keep in mind that very few minors were making this journey until the Obama Administration went around Congress and gave work permits to hundreds of thousands of younger illegal aliens two years ago. The number storming our border has increased rapidly as the news media have trumpeted around the world that if Congress doesn't pass an even-larger amnesty the Administration will grant the amnesty on its own.
THAT is why this mass movement to our border is happening.
Pres. Obama and other Administration officials have repeatedly said in the last two weeks that Central Americans must know that they will not be allowed to stay if they show up at the border. That they will eventually be required to go home.
In other words, the Obama Administration agrees with me that the only way to stop the Surge is for Central American communities to see all their neighbors returning from the U.S.
The problem is that the Administration is NOT sending the minors back to Central America. Not many, anyway.
Instead, Central America is seeing the Federal government quietly attempt to relocate the "Surgers" in all kinds of UNITED STATES communities (and without consulting local residents).
It is important that the news in Central America contain very different images and signals of UNwelcome -- in order to reduce the number of minors enticed into the dangers of a trip north.
Thus, the truly humanitarian actions are coming from those who are showing up at city council meetings to protest relocations and who are physically blocking the arrival of buses.
WHERE SHOULD 'SURGERS' BE RELOCATED?
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) offered a very sensible proposal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
[M]ore than 92 percent of these individuals who have been part of the recent influx at our southern border come from must three countries El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Therefore, my top three suggestions for shelter locations are as follows: Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Salvador, El Salvador; Tegucigalpa, Honduras."
For the few Surgers who have truly legitimate reasons to fear their neighbors (not the government), they can be sheltered in their own country while alternate settlement can be found -- in THEIR country. These are not countries where nobody is able to live safely. It will be much cheaper to run the shelters in those countries than in U.S. communities.
And moving everybody to shelters in their own country should stop the storming of our border because it will clarify in a way that the Obama Administration has failed to do thus far that you will not be rewarded for coming across our borders uninvited.
ROY BECK is Founder & President of NumbersUSA