Earlier this summer was the close-to-home issue of the vast numbers of children illegally crossing the US border. Large numbers of unaccompanied children from Central America were showing up at our doorstep, so naturally the US had to figure out something to do with all these children. Most of them were probably fleeing from violence and bad economics where they lived, so they made the decision to come to the US and to usually find a relative to live with. The US government then had to detain these children and hold them (usually in jails) until the proper paperwork and legalities could be passed for the children to be either sent back to their countries, or placed in homes in the US.
Residents of Texas particularly were outraged by this. Crowds of angry people gathered with signs in protest. Many people like them are against undocumented citizens gaining access to the US because of the notion that undocumented citizens are taking jobs away from US residents, but somehow forget who mows their lawn or cleans their pool. This whole situation is closely linked to the current economic crisis in the US, people are simply scared for their own well-being and security and they feel threatened by people they view as ‘undeserving’ to benefit. Undocumented citizens have always been part of our job market, the difference now is in the large numbers children are showing up.
One of the main problems with this situation is how these children are being taken care of in the between time. They are sometimes housed in the same place with many other children, so the living conditions can quickly turn ugly. It seems like the easiest way to deal with this (apart from building border-long walls that go hundreds of feet in the air and hundreds of feet underground, with constant guard surveillance of every stretch) is to build specific facilities made to house and care for these children. The US has a long history of welcoming foreigners with open arms, and it is important that we do not forget that.