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We created the immigration mess

2014-07-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-21T08:30:07Z We created the immigration mess The Billings Gazette
July 20, 2014 12:00 am

On Jan. 29, on FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities), a request was entered for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children." It also stated that: “There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total.”

And they came. According to an article in the June 15 Billings Gazette, illegals are now “arriving at a rate of more than 35,000 a month.” The illegals report they are arriving in response to ads placed in their countries promising "permissos" in the U.S. How could poverty-stricken young children travel the 1,800 miles to the U.S. border? The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers stated: “Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government.”

The response I got from both Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh’s offices: "This is happening because the Republicans would not agree to a comprehensive immigration bill." Apparently the talking points were ready. And the blame.

Where will these kids go? They are apparently being given bus or plane tickets and sent to "Anywhere USA." This is after being diagnosed, but with no reports of treatment for lice, scabies, strep throat, drug-resistant TB, leprosy, swine flu and dengue fever, among others. Federal law bars many of these from even entering the country. Medical people there are being told to shut up about conditions and diseases that are present.

This is a crisis — a crisis by design. Secure the border.

Linda Prescott

Glendive

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