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MURRIETA, CA – JULY 4: Counter-demonstrators to protesters opposing arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station clash with police on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California. Five people were arrested. Earlier this week, protesters turned away buses carrying about 140 immigrants in custody to the processing center. The immigrants are being flown from Texas where authorities are dealing with a with a crush of Central American children crossing the border to turned themselves in to border patrol agents. The influx is being fueled as people flee drug and violence problems in Central America with misinformation about immigration laws, and by drug cartels smuggling unaccompanied children of all ages across the border then leaving them on the U.S. side. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Unless you live under a rock someplace you are aware of the flood of illegal aliens flowing across the borders in unprecedented numbers. What makes this torrent of humanity even harder to fathom is who they are and how they are arriving — in busloads.

Yes, it seems our neighbors to the south, Mexico, have just opened their southern borders to all takers as long as they don’t remain on the Mexican welfare rolls any longer than possible. Busload of children are arriving daily mostly at the Texas border and the numbers have overwhelmed the Border Patrols holding facilities.

Living In Central America Is No Picnic

I think that we can all agree that there are some pretty nasty places south of our borders. Honduras, Guatemala, and other Central American nations are steeped in poverty and poor living conditions.

Murder, corruption and the drug cartels have made many parts of the country uninhabitable by their own citizens. Who wouldn’t want a better life for their children? The answer to this problem is to put them on a bus, pay a few hundred bucks, and send them to the Promised Land — America.

American’s Help

America has long been the beacon of hope around the world for those in trouble. Whenever disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, the American people are the first to step up and offer help. Even American’s living paycheck to paycheck put a couple extra dollars in the collection plate when asked.

Humanitarian efforts are nothing new to us. Hurricanes Sandy, and Katrina, brought massive rescue efforts. We “lift our lamp beside the golden door.”

Humanitarianism vs. Practicality

As much as we would like we can’t feed the whole world. We can’t clothe the whole world. We can’t provide medical attention to the whole world. We can’t pay the bills for the whole world. There is a limit to what we can and cannot provide in this world.

So were does humanitarianism end and practicality begin? Just the cost of feeding thousands of children each day will be a number that is hard to wrap your head around. According to recent congressional testimony the Border Patrol budget will be completely depleted by mid-August.

The president is asking for billions more but it seems that there is no end to the busloads of children that continue to arrive each day. Surely there is a limit to what we can provide.

You Do The Math

It costs about $1,100 a month to raise a child to age 18. That would include things like housing, food, clothing, transportation, schooling, and medical care. Transpose that to the border crisis and you have $1.1 million per 1,000 kids per month out of taxpayer’s pockets. And we’re not talking about thousands, but tens of thousands of children.

Where will the cuts be made to pay for this? Will American kids living in poverty be put on the back burner? Will seniors take a hit, what about veteran’s, mental illness, food stamps, welfare, education? We don’t have a limitless bank account as much as we would like to think we do. How big will this bill be?

Some Final Thoughts

It’s hard enough to deport adults back to poor conditions, but children? Nobody wants to do that. But what’s the alternative? Here are a couple of suggestions.

We give billions in aid around the world so how about a little payback. Israel, Japan, Germany, France, Italy  — you would not be where you are today without the good ole USA. Time to step up and even the score.

Each child’s county of origin should get a bill for that child’s care while in the US. Or would you prefer that bill came to your mailbox? Everyone says we shouldn’t be the world’s policemen. I don’t think we should be the world’s charity either. What’s your opinion?

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