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My Turn: The Mormon who would turn away children?

Turn them away?
Turn them away?
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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward.” ~ Psalm 127:3

There is an odd dichotomy occurring today in America: we have a very public Mormon taking a very public stand against saving the lives of helpless, innocent children.
I’m referring of course to the thousands of unaccompanied kids whose parents loved them enough to send them away from the orgies of crime, violence, and death that envelope their home countries in Central America.
The dichotomy is this: No matter where you stand for or against the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), you must admit that these folks know how to care for their fellow man . . . especially when disaster strikes; it was, for example, the LDS Church that was first on the scene to help survivors of the 2011 Great Sendai Earthquake that devastated so much of northern Japan . . . only one of many such examples.
That’s what makes it so hard to understand why Utah’s Republican Governor Gary Herbert, a dyed-in-the-wool member of the Mormon Church and one-time missionary, would join with five other Republican governors (Alabama’s Bentley, Kansas’ Brownback, North Carolina’s McCrory, Pennsylvania’s Corbett, and Wisconsin’s Walker, Christians all) to send a letter to President Obama moaning and groaning about the thousands of children who left family and friends and traveled for thousands of miles to escape assaults, murders, rapes, and robberies in their home cities, towns, and villages in Central America.
The letter opens with, “We are concerned that there will be significant numbers who will end up using the public schools, social services, and health systems largely funded by the states.
So, Governor Herbert is more concerned about money than about educating and caring for thousands of children, a heritage from the Lord (according to Psalm 127:3 in the Bible Gary Herbert ostensibly reads).
The letter signed by the honorable governor of Utah and his colleagues continues with, “More importantly, we are concerned that the failure to return the unaccompanied children will send a message that will encourage a much larger movement towards our southern border.
So . . . Gary Herbert is okay with sending innocent children back to their home countries, to poverty, to emotional and physical suffering, and even to their deaths . . . so long as he can send a political message?
Seems a bit heartless . . . especially for a Mormon . . . doesn't it?
Before Herbert in fact does return thousands of children to unspeakable fates in their home countries, he wants to make sure that “these children will maintain appropriate contacts with our legal system and will follow necessary procedures designed to protect both (sic) them and the American public.
Translation: It is time for these children to objectively evaluate their circumstances, come up with viable plans to resolve their status as illegal immigrants, and find the resources necessary to hire attorneys to make sure they follow necessary procedures.
Seems like a lot, but what do I know?
I am not, after all, a Republican Mormon governor.
I do have one little question: What would happen if the United States of America wrapped its arms around these little ones and placed them with existing relatives (even undocumented relatives) or placed them with loving families who would assume responsibility for their care, educations, and futures . . . temporarily or permanently?
Are there not thousands of good-hearted Americans who would be willing to open their hearts and homes to these innocent children if someone just asked?
Has Governor Herbert asked?
Don’t think so.
But what if the Mormon governor did ask?
What then?

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