Republican defending migrant childrenEdit
At a town hall meeting in Longview Texas, Texas Tea Party state Representative David Simpson was verbally attacked when he asked his constituents to have compassion for migrant children who were fleeing violence, sexual abuse and possibly the slave trade. Instead of understanding the plight of these undocumented children the crowd turned on Simpson and began to accuse him of ignoring the needs of his constituents. One such constituent, Terri Hill said, “‘I believe your constituents should come first when you talk about people who are impacted. You are to represent us, and we have children. These [migrant children] are people that are coming in with leprosy, tuberculosis, polio’” (Ferguson). Not only did these residents believe these children were disease ridden but they were criminals with evil intent saying “‘We need our borders protected. We need a lot of things, but what we don’t need is more people at the trough,’” said Thomas Rolland to Simpson. “‘These people are not coming in with a good, Christian heart. Most of them are criminals, anyway’” (Ferguson).
I must admit that reading an account of a Republican defending migrant children was a bit astounding, but I applaud Rep. Simpson for standing by his beliefs and doing what he thinks is the correct thing. One wonders where these individuals obtain their information.
Before condemning these children, individuals such as these should gather their facts. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “Guatemala has universal health care. Vaccines are 100 percent funded by the government” (Pearson). Unlike children in Guatemala who are insured regardless of their economic capability, many Texas children are uninsured and so may not receive the required immunizations or refuse to receive immunizations altogether. It may very well be more likely that these migrant children have more to fear from us than we do from them.
To believe that these children may possess some deadly disease that may bring about the next plague is one thing but to believe that these children are criminals at heart and may be born criminals by way of their culture is an atrocity.
Ferguson, David . "Tea Party town hall erupts as Texas state Rep urges ‘compassion’ for migrant kids." Tea Party town hall erupts as Texas state Rep urges ‘compassion’ for migrant kids. Rawstory.com, 23 July 2014. Web. 23 July 2014. <http://www.rawstory.com/rs/ 2014/07/23/tea-party-town-hall-erupts-as-texas-state-rep-urges-compassion-for-migrant- kids/>.
Pearson, Rachel . "Disease Threat From Immigrant Children Wildly Overstated - The Texas Observer." The Texas Observer. Texas Observer, 10 July 2014. Web. 24 July 2014. <http://www.texasobserver.org/disease-threat-immigrant-children-wildly-overstated/>.