According to a recent Syracuse University report, about 90% of unaccompanied children seeking asylum without an attorney were deported. Meanwhile, of those with legal assistance, 47% were able to remain in the U.S.
Albor Ruiz | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Sunday, July 20, 2014
Watching how racist, grossly opportunistic politicians have turned the humanitarian tragedy of the Central American border children into a despicable hate fest is a terribly sad spectacle. To see how instead of offering them the protection of the world’s richest, most powerful country, these so-called leaders are tripping over each other to expel these innocents without regard for existing laws or the consequences to them, is moral misery at its worst.
It is even sadder that some people in towns like Murrieta, Calif. and Oracle, Ariz. have taken to the streets carrying signs like “Not our children, not our problem” in a brutal display of racism and hatred to intimidate and reject exhausted boys and girls seeking refuge from violence and poverty.
It is not only sad, but ridiculous, that the ineffable Rick Perry, the would-be-President governor of Texas, had made a fool of himself by having his picture taken carrying a rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest while “patrolling” the border, apparently to “defend” it against an “invasion” of terrified little kids running for their lives.
Fortunately, what is neither sad nor ridiculous, but uplifting and heartwarming, is the work of the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School…
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