Thousands of teens and children from Central America are “detained” each week at our southern border, many of them actually turning themselves in to our Border Patrol, so they can benefit from a 2008 law, intended to help victims of human trafficking.
Initially, President Obama indicated he would ask Congress to change the rules and expedite the return of these children to their home countries. After the backlash from immigration rights activists, he has backed off of that request.
He now has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with this crisis, but it is unclear how much of those funds will actually be spent on deportation and on border security. Much will be spent on lawyers and courts to advocate for the children to stay in our country, where their numbers will likely overwhelm our local school systems, public health care and social services.
Let us pray for wisdom for our leaders and the mind and eyes of Christ for ourselves.