“Charity begins at home”

Thomas Fuller, an English clergyman, penned “Charity begins at home” during his lifetime in the 1600’s. [Thomas Fuller. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/thomasfull151889.html ]

I did not research what prompted the Reverend to write down his admonition that has lived on through the ages. Nevertheless, the phrase has equal meaning throughout the centuries and decades that have crawled through time.

In my more than seven decades on this earth, it has been a marvel to me the strong moral compassion of the American people. It matters not where a natural disaster or man-made calamity occurs, Americans are among the first to send aid, and United States citizens are usually among the largest donors in aid to those suffering whatever tragedy strikes at home or abroad. American charity and aid is one of the fine characteristics of the people who are the United States.

Americans are compassionate to the very core.

So, it is no wonder our citizens are torn between a desire to help and an insistence the United States southern border be closed and secured as a result of the recent onslaught of illegal immigrants, many of them children. While the Border Patrol is busy with the new surge of illegals, how about the criminals, drug dealers, and terrorists who enter quietly?

Politicians urge change in immigration laws, while the people who elected them cry out “secure the border FIRST”.

In my view, the situation was created by President Obama’s executive order in 2012 declaring no minor children will be deported. The news was welcomed by Mexico and Central America. Result: An onslaught of children and women to our southern border.

Texas Governor Rick Perry, tired of what he termed the inaction of President Barack Obama’s administration, this week finally called up 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the border. Frankly, I believe it is high time states involve the National Guard, and would urge California, New Mexico, and Arizona to follow suit (although I doubt California will ever take that action). Perry’s action may be hazardous in that Mexico armed forces fired on U.S. Border Patrol officers last Friday (July 18) with heavy (.50 cal.) guns. Who knows what will occur when Mexican Army troops see U.S. military forces along a border they have long favored as open as a kitchen sieve.

As a practical matter, those arriving and being quarter by the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have a smorgasbord of diseases and ailments as baggage. The cost to protect the citizenry and to treat the illegals (yes, I will use that term) will be monstrous. The cost to house them will likewise be high. And, how about the massive future cost, given that the average amount per illegal family in the U.S. is an average of more than $24,000 per year in welfare aid.

Americans are compassionate people, but it is high time to secure the boarder with plenty of armed officers and fences of every kind and character, or risk losing America altogether. — D. C. “Dan” Lee. http://www.hoosierpatriots.org/