State of the Debate

Western Pundit Roundup: Scandal on the border ...

First Published      Last Updated Jul 17 2014 01:21 pm

Border crisis not time for politics — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

" ... Now we have a humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children, unaccompanied by parents, relatives and, sometimes, even smugglers, who have been making their way into the southern United States after unbelievably dangerous treks from Central American nations.

"Members of Congress, not only Republicans, have placed the blame for the whole mess at the feet of President Obama.

"As if it were within his power to disarm the criminal gangs of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador whose violence and kidnapping are pushing children to flee. To squelch all the rumors, spread by hopeful adults and scheming smugglers about how children are free to come to America, and to stay. To amend the law, passed by a bipartisan Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, that indeed allows unaccompanied minors a chance to stay here rather than return to the clutches of sexual slavers. ..."

Children immigrants entering U.S. may end up as refugees, and Utah should be ready to help — Deseret News Editorial

" ... As authorities begin sifting through the particulars of each immigrant's situation, it becomes clear the majority of them will stay in the United States for an extended period of time. The Secretary of Health and Human Services addressed the National Governors Association on the need for individual states to help accommodate the migrants. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was present at the conference, but Utah has not been specifically asked to participate.

"Should such a request be made, it would be difficult for the state to refuse. Utah has offered a prominent voice in the national discussion over immigration reform, encouraging a compassionate approach toward individuals and families who have come here to better their lives. And the state has a robust record of receiving those fleeing untenable and inhumane living conditions. ..."

Yielding on immigration — Ogden Standard-Examiner

"The pols who are consistently yapping and fighting over immigration need to learn to yield on the issue. The only permanent, successful answer to immigration reform is to make it possible for those individuals and families who have solid roots in this country to work here legally. ..."

Deferred action is an all too apt term — Prescott (Ariz.) Daily Courier Editorial

" ... That is a sad fact, but the burden has fallen on this country to care for these children, who are in a foreign country surrounded by strangers and likely frightened out of their wits. ..."

Sex-trafficked teen proves a worrisome Casper problem — Casper Star-Tribune Editorial

" ... the rescue of a teenager sold into sexual slavery in Casper shows a worrying problem we must not ignore: There's still plenty of demand here for paid sex, demand that fuels crime — trafficking, extortion, and the like. We'd like to think Casper is free of such rot, but investigation after investigation, arrest after arrest, proves we as a community struggle on this issue. ..."

Voice of reason on border crisis — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

" ... Speaking about the ongoing humanitarian and policy crisis on the state's southern border, Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson, in a tone both empathetic and resolute, spoke of the need for Americans — and Texans in particular — to apply in equal measure the principles of "urgency" and "prudence" in responding to the influx of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. ..."

Thwarting the migrant smugglers — Dallas Morning News Editorial

" ... Given the high levels of poverty and violence back home in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the incentive is high for children to attempt the dangerous run for the U.S. border. They need the strongest possible signal — planeloads of deportees returning home in defeat — to understand that this is not a route to success. ..."

Is Brewer a border wimp? — Robert Robb | The Arizona Republic

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