Great article. World's oldest profession is really intertribal warfare and looks like we are all heading for another "Great War" . . . for every Gandhi there are 10 Stalins and Hitlers.
Radical Islamic Jihadis are certainly helping us along this horrible path . . . may the peacemakers unite and eradicate them one glorious day and save the rest of us from Islamist tyranny - the worst tyranny imaginable.
Tom: FYI I was born here and that makes me an American citizen. I did have relatives who came here LEGALLY from other countries (and still have the documents to prove it). I agree we should learn from history. The Native Americans could not turn back the 'immigrants' who eventually colonized and claimed North America. If the US can't or won't defend her borders and sovereignty the same thing could happen again. The US has fought wars to prevent the conquest of other countries but we're not doing anything to protect our own borders. We are a nation of laws and LEGAL immigrants.
Andrew and many others prove that Christians value money above all else.
And Bart..."we" are legal immigrants? The Native Americans granted us that status?? I think you need to read some history books.
Let's be real honest here. The left has never had much usage for Christianity until now. When the left begins opposing abortion I will believe them.
I ask that if you are Christian to attempt to adopt one of these children and teach them Christian values. Who knows they may vote republican and the whole thing will backfire on obama
I read that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered to take 1000 of the 'refugees'. Chicago is near the top of the list of cities with crime, gang and gun violence. Isn't that what these children are supposedly fleeing from?
If in some way a few dollares could be made on these ones then they would become legal real fast.
Who should be ashamed is Mary Anna Towler for that blatant assault on the city and state she claims to love so much. Mrs. Towler, simply because hard working, LAW-ABIDING citizens are tired of their tax dollars being used for at best, dubious causes and at worst corruption at the highest levels, does NOT mean we are the heartless people you have the insolence to portray us as. Now I just came back from Mass. I prayed that the crisis at the border can get worked out, that these children can find peace and safety. But NOT on our backs and our dollars. I've been made to pay enough over the years for a war I didn't want, for liquor and cigarettes for people who'd rather live on my dollar than make their own, for the rich to make money off the backs of everyone else and for government bureaucrats to sit around watching pornography all day on their computer while getting full health care, paid vacations to luxury resorts and money for pensions.
I strongly disagree with the characterization of Rochesterians in this article. Yes, there has been a good deal of objecting to bringing illegal immigrants to the area. However, I don't believe it is because people here are uncaring and lack compassion. Rather, I feel people are WEARY of taking on the problems of the world. And when we do step up to help, Americans are vilified - as evidenced by the commentary in the article about Border Patrol Agents . After two untenable wars and countless other interventions that cost us American lives and treasure, it's time to focus on what we need in this country, this state and this city.
There is a statue in the New York harbor that beckons , "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free." Back in the early twentieth century, tens of thousands of Italians and Sicilians passed beneath this statue, most undocumented, they had no papers. The immigration officers posted the letters WOP (without papers), on their applications. The derogatory name stuck, but they came, they worked hard, they became good citizens and added to the American culture. I, of Irish heritage, ended up marrying one of the descendants of that mass migration of undocumented immigrants.
Perhaps the statue, if it has become irrelevant, should be torn down. Scrap copper is at a premium these days.
As long as the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester EQUALLY share any costs ,above and beyond , what the Federal Govt' does not cover, if any. I wholly support the efforts of The City of Rochester and the County of Monroe to further study and determine the entire feasibility of such efforts to protect children, women and teenagers, fleeing illegally from crime, oppression by a Govt', or Drug Cartel Violence, that may be housed in the Community. As long as the Fed. provides the security detail to safely house , feed and care for, in the near future, on a TEMPORARY BASIS ONLY, in our City and County of Monroe. This is a REFUGEE CRISIS not an immigration crisis.
Craig R. Moffitt
Kara Austin: So the majority of Americans on the right are "vile", "disgusting" and "unChristian-like" Christians? Care to take a stab at stereotyping Liberal Americans?
Roc Resident: You can believe the borders should be more secure, but not swarm buses of frightened children with nasty signs and chanting.
And I think religion does play into this. Because you have this disgusting reaction from a majority of people who identify with the far right, politically. And these folks are often, quite loudly, Christian. Yet, the vile way they've been attacking the plight of these kids is just about the most unChrist-like thing I could possibly imagine.
To Roc Resident: You're correct; the second reference was incorrect. The statement was from Chris Collins. It's been corrected; thanks.
They are mostly teenagers. Most of the reporting on this seeks to plant the image of a group of lost toddlers crossing the border.
Ms Towler, you referenced Chris Lee I believe in error later in the article. Also, I don't understand why you are calling people's religious beliefs (be they Christian or otherwise) out in your editorial. People can have compassion for people , as I do, but still believe that our borders should be more secure. Why is it our country's responsibility to provide a home for people who came here illegally in spite of the conditions in their home countries?
"Some of them die before they get to the (US) border, victims of violence or the intense heat and lack of water and food along the way."
Why are we letting them die in Mexico? Why don't we send planes to Central America to get them and bring them here? Wouldn't that be safer for them?
I have to wonder why Mexico, with its very strict border security, is letting children into the country at it's southern border and letting them exit their northern border with the US? Mexico is the conduit for all of these children. Why isn't Mexico being held accountable for aiding and abetting the smugglers? What makes the US responsible for all this?
America is a nation of immigrants... LEGAL immigrants.
In response to last week's article on the 1964 riots, I'd like to pick up and run with the idea of countywide magnet schools. I happen to have experience as a founding administrator of a district sponsored charter school in AZ and have raised over $2 million in grants for schools during the course of my career. I would like to pull together a planning committee of interested individuals, government officials, businesses, churches, and community organizations. My idea would be to pen a school geared at helping students gain entrance to highly-selective colleges. This I believe reaches across race and class as tier one schools operate need=blind admissions and are accessible to all students who demonstrate ability regardless of demographics. Contact me if you would be interested in attending an information session to discuss working together. Let's stop talking about the segregation in our community and DO something about it!
In the Democrat and Chronicle David Gantt says " that some think we are still on the plantation" to paraphrase his words. This is exactly the kind of thing that some are still debating in Rochester to this day. Now, Mr. Gantt was speaking about politics in Rochester and the "fight" for District Seats in Rochester and Monroe County. Yet...these kind of statements are a great example of the reverse "racism" and the on-going racism among blacks and whites...the two major races in Rochester Monroe County. These words by anyone are hurtful and unnecessary in 2014. Shame on you David Gantt !!!
No one is being denied access through this ruling. Why do those on the left side of the isle keep saying this?
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