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Illegal kids crossing U.S. border are not refugees says congressman

Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors from Central America, have crossed illegally into the United States this year.
Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors from Central America, have crossed illegally into the United States this year.
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Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., told Garth Kant of WND on Monday that after he went on a three-day trip to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in Central America, the illegal kids crossing the U.S. border are not refugees as some are attempting to call them, as they are not coming from a war zone.

Kant said that Bentivolio, a military veteran who during his 27 years of service in the U.S. Army, National Guard and helped with evacuations in Iraq, said that he has seen his share of suffering over the years. While conditions are harsh in those countries, they are not war zones and what those kids are facing, the children in the U.S. face similar problems.

Bentivolio, while expressing sympathy, told Kant, “I really wouldn’t call them refugees. Our kids are facing similar problems. We have to put our own house in order first.”

The expression of calling the mass amount of Hispanic children illegally crossing the border as refugees is being stoked by democrats, namely Rep. Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat who said last week, “They are refugees. That’s how we can start, by using the appropriate language.”

However, Bentivolio sees the border problem differently and told Kant that the children he saw in Central America do have dangerous schools in dangerous cities and have few job prospects. But, so do many children in the United States.

The immigration problem really boils down to this, said Bentivolio: “Democrats want the votes, and the Republicans want the cheap labor.”

Bentivolio also told Kant, “Democrats today no longer, ‘ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.’ Democrats today are all ‘me, me, me, and gimmee, gimmee, gimmee.’”

With America facing a weak economy, out of control spending, and scandals plaguing the Obama administration, Bentivolio stated that he believes we must fix our own economic problems before we can help Central Americans.

Meanwhile, a report on Tuesday by Todd Starnes of Fox News reports that the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union representing thousands of Border Patrol agents, have accused the TSA of letting illegals board airplanes with a “Notice to Appear” document instead of a passport or official government identification card.

Shawn Moran, vice president of the NBPC told Starnes, “This is the dream of every terrorist in the world. There is no way of knowing who is on board the jetliners.”