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19,000 Children Have Crossed The Border Alone/Sexually Abused at San Antonio Facility?

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Texas governor Greg Abbott says that his office has received tips from those inside at least one facility in San Antonio that children are in fact being sexually assaulted.

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Ku Klux Klan wants young refugees shot dead

The Ku Klux Klan has made a resurgence in headlines recently, most notably for their call to shoot and kill young refugees coming to America, and then to “leave the corpses” at the border.

A crew from Al-Jazeera America met and filmed two hooded Klansmen to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border issue.

One man, who was identified as Robert Jones, a grand dragon in the Klan, said with concern to the growing number of child immigrants, “These people are criminals to begin with when they cross our country.”

Jones continued by saying:

“They’re gonna continue to break the law when they’re here. They’re bringing with ’em the third-world diseases…

If we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of ’em off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping immigration.”

Later in the video, the Klansmen made mention of how the immigration issue has sparked growth and support for the Klan, but they would not give any backing information.  “People want to see more rallies,”said one of the hooded men.  “They’re begging us to come to their town.”

This is not the first time this year the Klan has been in the news though.  In July, citizens in South Carolina woke up one morning to find bags of candy in their yards and on their doorsteps, courtesy of the KKK.  Each baggie read “Save our land, Join the Klan,” followed by a Klan emblem.

These baggies of candy also had a telephone number on the bag which, if dialed, connected the caller to a recording of an individual decrying immigration, according to FOX Carolina.

Despite these efforts, and what the Klansmen told Al-Jazeera, the number of Klansemen have been dwindling over the years with their ranks only getting smaller, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Lecia Brooks of the SPLC, has said these recruitment efforts, as well as weekend rallies and other recruiting methods, are a sign the Klan is standing on their last leg, and this is a “last gasp” or the Klan t regain support.

Granting temporary legal status a possibility for illegal immigrants

As the debate on illegal immigrants grows with every child and person who crosses the border, the president and his administration are considering giving the millions of immigrants temporary legal status.

Before President Obama’s June 30 announcement to use his executive powers to move forward with immigration reform, the president blamed House Republicans and their unwillingness to stand up to the Tea Party when it comes to immigration reform, according to the Hill.

In his Rose Garden announcement last month, President Obama said, “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing…And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”

Even before this, the president said he had no authority or power to change the immigration laws in the U.S.

Now, according to TIME, pro-reform activists say the president will be seeking to give millions of illegal immigrants “temporary relief from deportation,” which would protect them and allow them to work in the U.S.  These claims come almost a month after these activists met with the president, where he disclosed his plan was to act before November.

Until then, the president and his administration are looking into how far they can legally and politically go to protect the millions of immigrants from deportation, according to Politico.

In a similar move, President Obama and his administration want to begin screenings to grant child immigrants from Honduras refugee status, according to CBS News.  The administration hopes this will slow the influx of youths into the country illegally, while allowing the children to escape gang violence throughout the Central American country.

This plan is similar to the plan proposed by senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.  According to New York Magazine, this plan would increase the number of refugee applications already available to countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, but the time for deportation would be lessened.

Screening for refugees is not a new plan of action for the U.S. government though.  In the 1990’s, the U.S. began screening children in Haiti to give them refugee status, while immigrants from El Salvador were granted temporary protective status starting in 2001.

According to the NY Times, critics of this plan are claiming the administration would only increase the flow of immigrants to the U.S. as the legal definition of refugee would be changed.

As of now, the recognized definition of a refugee in the U.S. is a person or group of people who are fleeing their country on the basis of fears of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a given social group.

Hosts Of “Fox & Friends” Express Disgust Over 911 Operators Helping Ailing Illegal Immigrants

On Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” program, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy were vocally critical of 911 responders in Texas being “forced” to speak Spanish to assist debilitated and dying migrants before speaking with Chief Deputy Urbino “Benny” Martinez of Brooks County, Texas to discuss the crisis.

Before Martinez came on the air to speak, Doocy introduced the segment by stating, “They stumbled across the border illegally, and now they need your help.” 

“A small town just 270 miles south of Houston, illegal immigrants are learning the hard way that there’s a deadly cost to crossing the border,” said Kilmeade. “Not only are they [Brooks County] understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here.”

Kilmeade and Martinez discussed the frequency and severity of the calls. “Those are pretty regular calls on a daily basis,” said Martinez.

“So, those calls you have to respond to, even though for the most part when you get there, you realize, they’re not even American citizens?” asked Kilmeade.

“That’s correct, but they’re on U.S. soil, and due process comes into play, and that’s the way we’re taking them as,” replied Martinez.

Martinez said that these 911 calls can be difficult to process because emergency responders don’t always know the exact location of the callers. Just this year, 43 bodies have been found in the area.

“What do you want the message to be, to Washington and everybody else watching?” asked Kilmeade.

Martinez called this problem a “humanitarian crisis” and talked about the importance of those in Washington having a serious, nonpartisan dialogue about this problem at the border.

“Forget about the Republican side, forget about the Democratic side, sit down and have a sincere dialogue where they can actually resolve this issue. It has to be resolved. As long as they keep stalling it, this is going to continue. And it’s going to continue to where our funds are going to be depleted,” said Martinez.


Pope Francis: Migrant Children Must Be “Welcomed And Protected”

Delivering a statement to the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development on Monday, Pope Francis addressed the thousands of migrant children flooding over the United States-Mexico border and urged the United States to protect them.

“This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected,” said the Pope, according to a transcript of his message from Vatican news source News.va.

“Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes,” said Francis, speaking about emigration.

“I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence,” Francis continued. “This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain.”

Francis said that acts to protect these children will be inadequate unless “they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.” Francis added that “attention of the entire international community” is crucial “so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.”

Earlier this month, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration requested that the Obama Administration reassess their plans to expedite the removal of Central American migrant children. “This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America. To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable,” Chairman Bishop Eusebio Elizondo said.