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Humanitarian Crisis Compels Conservatives to Berate Child Refugees

Updated on July 3, 2014

If there was any question of how deeply the conservative party base hates minorities, we got a very good look at their ugliness in Murrieta, CA. In a scene reminiscent of Selma, Alabama, circa 1965, nativist conservatives came out in a xenophobic rage to sling slurs and hate speech at buses filled with child refugees and their mothers.

In a sad and shameful turn of events, the town mayor (Alan Long) took to social media to call upon protesters to show up en masse, his police force ushered the buses straight toward the crowd stopping them, setting the stage for the most disgusting scene of coordinated public hate in recent memory. The crowd, spurred by hatred, berated and scowled with furrowed brows, wagging index fingers and thrusting vile placards, until the buses of child refugees and their mothers were turned away. Afterward, Mayor Long said he 'couldn't be more proud'.

This is how conservatives treat child refugees in a humanitarian crisis. With hate and bigotry, pure and simple.


Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant here. We came to Jamestown, we came to Ellis Island, we came to the South Carolina Lowcountry on slave ships. We come on rafts and on airplanes; with coyotes and with work visas. We come with ambition and with drive. Immigrants are not and have never been a burden, they continue to represent an influx of talent, purchasing power, tax revenues... America is the melting pot. That is our heritage.

'Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!'

It doesn't say 'give me your wealthy, your athletes, your college graduates...'


And if American history and heritage is not enough - how about Jesus?

Jesus said repeatedly to help the poor. He told ambitious believers to sell their belongings, and give it all to the poor (Matthew 19). Jesus said the most important commandments are to love god and your neighbor (Matthew 22). He said that to be like him you must feed the hungry, clothe the poor, visit the jailed, and take in strangers (Matthew 25).

Leviticus 24 says 'You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God.', and Leviticus 19 says 'And if a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. But the stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.'

There is no such thing as an illegal person. 'Illegals' is a bigoted slur. Humans are also not aliens, humans are humans.

We are not savages. We will not deport 12 million people who are as American as you or I. They need citizenship, not hate.


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    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it very much.

      Perhaps I was a bit broad in my criticism, but liberals certainly aren't the ones coming out to scream at child refugees. A recent survey showed an 18% difference between Fox News-viewing Republicans and Fox-free Republicans on a path to citizenship, 60% to 42%. Forty-two percent is not insignificant, but it's certainly not a passing grade.

      Dubya got 40% of Hispanic votes in 2004, Romney only 27% in 2012. If they ever want to win the White House again, Republicans have no choice but to win over more Hispanics. Immigration reform is a must.

      I would like to say that this (2014, 2016) is one last hurrah for the Southern Strategy. Unfortunately, they seem content governing through the courts, state legislatures, and congressional obstruction rather than as a national party with eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania.

      Plus, the more they can gum up the works, whether with sinister intent or simple incompetence (and especially concerning the Executive, who is the face of gov't for a lot of people) the more self-fulfilling their gov't=bad argument becomes.

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      Kerry Allen 

      4 years ago from SE Texas


      Thank you for putting into words exactly how I feel about that disgusting scene made by those lost souls.

      These types of people, in my view, are destroying the Republican Party.

      There are many everyday Americans who are being mislead by the unscrupulous and selfish smooth-talking pundits from the political right. They're in it for the money and not because it is best for America.

      Simply stated: There is nothing Christian about it.

      Joey Allen

      PS: I love Shyron!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Justin, this is a powerful hub. My friend Jaye said it all, I have to agree with her.

      Thumb up Useful, Awesome, Interesting and shared

      Blessings to you Justin


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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I agree with you wholeheartedly, Justin. I wish your hub would move the large bloc of readers whose minds are locked in sync with those bigots, but they are too brainwashed by GOP propaganda.

      I'm glad you pointed out that no one living in the USA today other than Native Americans are NOT immigrants. Even if they were born here, they descended from immigrants. Would they have wanted their ancestors treated so horribly?

      And while most Republicans hold the banner of Christianity high for their own purposes (no matter how they act and live), they will pick to pieces the scripture you used to show that, no, Jesus would not treat people that way. Bigots can always justify their actions, no matter what they have to stretch to do it.

      My remarks will probably make your hub unpopular and even more controversial. Sorry. I actually wrote much more--four times in fact--but erased most of what turned into a rant. I'm an old lady and must watch my blood pressure! But I'm also a progressive Democrat who believes in social justice, and I'm damned proud of it! So, there, GOP!

      You write a lot of good hubs, Jason. Keep at it.

      Voted Up+++



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