Monday, April 04, 2005

Call Them What They Are

I just read an April, 4, 2005 Associated Press article, Migrant Smugglers Getting Creative, By Ananda Shorey. The article tells about some of the more creative ways smugglers have tried to get illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States. I thought the article was interesting, but there was something about the article that bothered me. The articles author kept calling the illegal aliens migrants. When I hear the word migrant I think of someone that has crossed the border legally to do seasonal work and return home after their visa has expired. They are not brought across the border by smugglers, illegal aliens are brought into the country by smugglers. Call them what they are.

The article goes on to say that most of the illegal aliens that are caught now are women and children. It says the men (husbands and fathers I assume) cross the border first looking for work. After their work is finished the men stay here because of the expense and danger involved with crossing the border. The women and children then come here because they want their families to be together. The article says,"You have to feel compassion for people who are driven to these measures." The author leaves out the part about who pays for the food and medical expenses of these illegal alien families since the work has finished. That would be you and I, the American taxpayers. I wonder how much compassion would be felt for us if we got caught sneaking across the border into Mexico?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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