Refugees
Around the world, citizens of war torn countries in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), Africa (Libya, Sudan), Central & South America and others are fleeing oppression and death to reach freedom and safety. Europe is being overrun with these refugees. This experience is adding greater fuel to the already passionate immigration debate in the US by the needs of these refugees. We must remember that refugees are a portion of the immigration issue. Compassionately, the plight of refugees needs to be prioritized over all other types of immigration. Realistically, the vetting of legitimate refugees is still required, given the violent turmoil in the world, the infiltration of the extremists into the refugee population and that threats directly at the United States.

Trump Defends Border Patrol as Criticism of Detention Conditions Grows

7/3/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
7/3/19:

Congressional Democrats, Homeland Security chief ramp up scrutiny of agency’s culture, practices.

President Trump defended Border Patrol agents’ handling of a surge of Central Americans seeking asylum, as Congress intensifies its scrutiny over his administration’s treatment of migrants in its custody and a scandal over a private Facebook group. “Our Border Patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors or nurses,” Mr. Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond. Many of these illegals [sic] aliens are living far better now than where they…came from.” Democratic lawmakers toured Texas border facilities earlier this week, and said they were shocked by the overcrowded and unsafe conditions at the facilities, which weren’t designed for long-term detention. In his comments, Mr. Trump said Democratic lawmakers criticizing conditions where migrants are being detained were looking to score political points, and again called for changes to U.S. immigration law. Democrats “will act shocked & aghast at how terrible things are,” he said. “If they really want to fix them, change the Immigration Laws and Loopholes.”

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