Yael T. Abouhalkah

July 22, 2014

Red, white and blue-in-the-face Americans rage against immigrant kids

The anti-immigrant protesters are red with anger. They’re white — literally. And they’re blue in the face as they shout that the kids should be forced to go home.

Waving their American flags like crazy, a number of people in Texas and elsewhere fit in the red, white and blue-in-the-face category when it comes to dealing with the recent surge of immigrant children.

They’re red with anger.

They’re white — literally. Take a look at the photos of demonstrators holding up anti-immigrant signs, and they’re far more likely to be white people who don’t want those different-looking kids coming into America.

And they’re blue in the face as they shout their anti-immigrant attitudes.

It’s amazing that the sight of children fleeing gang killings and poverty in their homelands can bring out such a hatred of other people.

On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry fed into that red, white and blue feeling, in a negative way.

He said he would order up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

While that sounds rather ominous, the actual details aren’t that bad. At least it appears the Guard troops won’t be trying to force kids to turn around and go home.

The problem with the surge of immigrant children is a complicated one, far more so than people on both extremes of the issue often care to admit.

U.S. law does allow some time for the processing of the children, to determine whether there is sufficient cause for them to be allowed to stay in the country. And that’s not likely to be approved, in most case.

On the other extreme are people who want the law to essentially be disobeyed and send the children home.

But these anti-immigrant attitudes need to be resisted.

People can wave their American flags around all they want. In the end, that flag stands for something — including the welcoming of people from other lands into the U.S.A.

To reach editorial columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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