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Pro-immigrant GOP group responds to border refugee crisis

Young girls wait for help in a refugee center
Young girls wait for help in a refugee center
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With thousands of children fleeing the violence and poverty in Central America, the southern U.S. border has seen a flood of refugee children, many unaccompanied, seeking help and a new life in America. In response to the humanitarian crisis, Gov. Rick Perry did not address the plight of the children, but rather announced new funding to send more law enforcement resources to secure the border.

In response, the Cafe con Leche Republicans, a group of GOP members committed to changing negative attitudes and policies toward immigrants, issued the following statement:

Dallas, Texas – Cafe Con Leche Republicans, a national pro-immigrant Republican organization with a Texas chapter, today reacted to the Texas law enforcement surge announced by Gov. Perry.

Bob Quasius, Cafe Con Leche Republicans President, said “We understand the need and support the law enforcement surge. Clearly our border patrol has its hands full in dealing with the humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America.”

Victor Medina, Texas Cafe Con Leche Republican leader added “Texas has always risen to meet the challenges of human tragedy. Whether it was taking in refugees from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or helping the town of West pick up the pieces after a devastating explosion, we look out for our fellow man. Rather than relying on our government, we hope our fellow Texans will once again step up and follow the command of Christ to show compassion for the poor, the needy, and the strangers from other lands who are sick and imprisoned.”

Medina continued “It’s obvious there needs to be a surge in humanitarian assistance too. With 30-40 people in a cold room with one toilet and very little food it’s obvious the humanitarian crisis must be addressed quickly. Allowing these conditions to persist with children is particularly disturbing, and is government-sponsored child abuse. The Border Patrol and ICE do not seem capable of dealing with large numbers of child refugees, and it’s appropriate for Texas to surge resources in support of these children’s special needs.”

Quasius observed “We’re also concerned about messaging and tone. Instead of referring to a surge in “illegal immigration” instead our elected Republican officials should refer to them as child refugees, as that’s what they are. Hispanic voters are very empathetic to the plight of these children, and expect respectful tone. Constant rhetoric about how some might be gang members, etc. by some Republican politicians is not well received by Hispanic voters.”

Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at Click here to receive a weekly email update from To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link here or at the top of this page.

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