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The Surprising Truth About Living Conditions for Unaccompanied Alien Minors

We’ll certainly never get an accurate picture if we rely on the hysterical left for the facts.

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Over the weekend, liberal Twitter absolutely melted down over a stunning image of two immigrant children sleeping on the floor of a chain-linked cell at a border facility after being detained by immigration agents. The picture quickly went viral, accompanied by emotional accusations of Trump’s horrific immigration policies for putting children in cages. 

When it was revealed that the picture was actually from 2014 and there was no possible way to blame Trump, conservative Twitter melted down over the conspicuous lack of one single liberal backtracking on their accusations and considering the perspective that immigrants were detained and deported under the Obama administration, too.

The Washington Times is now reporting that far from being held in cages, many unaccompanied alien children, or UAC, are living in dorms with full accommodations, treated to hearty meals, cable television, even trips to amusement parks–all on the taxpayer dime.

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In contrast to the viral image of caged children from the weekend, they write, “Here is another image: illegal immigrant children set up in comfy dormitories, coloring with “multicultural crayons,” watching their favorite soccer teams from back home on the extensive cable system, even kicking the ball around themselves on a beautiful new soccer field — all paid for by taxpayers.”

“There’s ‘Spanish language yoga’ for those that want it,” they continue (seriously?!) “and trips to go bowling, to visit museums and even to hit up the amusement park, at $49 a ticket, also on taxpayers’ tab. The children chow on three meals a day plus snacks, since federal rules say they must be fed ‘until they are full.'”

“On-site recreation may include: soccer tournaments; movie night; playing games on the Wii; bingo and board games; basketball and volleyball tournaments; and Spanish language yoga. During the summer children engage in water-based activities such as swimming, fishing, and playing in the sprinklers,” explain documents obtained by the paper on the conditions of UAC housing.

The Washington Times explains that both images are true; UAC are held at the border in facilities that were designed in an era when the vast majority of those crossing the border illegally were adult, male Mexicans. But over the last few years, due to Obama-era policies, still in place, that automatically place UAC with sponsors in the US, unaccompanied minors have been flooding across the border.

The children spend up to 72 hours in the border facilities seen in the infamous 2014 photograph, where they are required by law to be released.

“If the children are UAC, meaning they jump the border without their parents or come as a family but become separated after their arrival, release comes much faster — 72 hours at the maximum, according to court-mandated rules,” the Times explains.

“Then it’s off to a dorm run by social workers contracted by the Health and Human Services Department, which pays for the yoga classes, the multicultural crayons and all the other trappings designed to ease the UAC into a possible life in the U.S.”

Under the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy, more adult aliens are being detained and processed as criminals (as they have broken a law by crossing the border), meaning even more children are yes, being separated from their parents, but they don’t stay in the cages very long, as we’ve learned.

The cost on the American taxpayer for the cushy facilities they are placed in is staggering.

“HHS paid more than $1.4 billion last year to accommodate nearly 41,000 UAC in its shelters. They stayed an average of 41 days, which means taxpayers paid about $670 a day for each child. The cost of holding someone in a federal prison — a comparison some immigration activists make to the UAC situation — is just $85 a day,” the Times notes.

It seems that the truth behind yet another sensationally covered story, veiled with cries of “racism” and “white supremacy”, is more complex than simple headlines or viral tweets would have you believe. As Trump critics continue to accuse the administration of policies meant to repress people of color rather than secure a dangerously open Southern border, the truth of who exactly is crossing the border and what exactly happens to them once they cross is much less inhumane than opponents of border enforcement claim.

When you take a step back from the ideological battles and pop-culture, intersectional politic reporting, it’s undeniable that the United States, regardless of all the issues at our Southern border, does more to help people fleeing poverty, violence, or oppressive regimes than any other nation on earth, and yet we’re constantly accused of being monstrous.

This is why Trump was elected. Because he spoke for millions of Americans who are tired of seeing our tax dollars go to help those in need only to be accused of being racist for advocating for stronger borders and more sensible budgets. It remains to be seen if Trump really can clean up and secure our borders, but we’ll certainly never get an accurate picture if we rely on the hysterical left for the facts, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

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TOO SWEET: These Seventh Graders Saved Their Money for Amazing Act of Chivalry on Valentine’s Day

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They say that chivalry is dead, but I say we’ve got hope in the next generation.

In a world where simple acts of gentlemanliness are often denounced as “patriarchal” and gender is supposedly a social construct, it is great to see men and boys unswayed by silly modern notions and going out of their way to be chivalrous.

A boy named Tristian Valentine teamed up with two of his friends to buy 300 pink carnations to pass out to all the girls and female staff at their school on Valentine’s Day so that none of them would be without a gift.

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“He wanted every young lady to feel special that day and accepted,” Principal Sarah Guerrero, who happily approved the plan when the boys asked for permission, told USA Today.

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After getting the go-ahead, Valentine rallied the troops, which included 6th grader Lincoln Holmes and 7th grader Kyan Rice. Together, the three of them pooled their cash and earned enough to buy several hundred pink carnations, ensuring no one would be left out.

“We wanted every girl to feel important and special on Valentine’s Day,” their ringleader, Valentine, told KMBC. “We worked hard to make sure it was going to be a surprise to everybody. I only told a few friends, and the girls seemed surprised and happy.”

“I got chills seeing it happen,” the principal added. “The ladies were so excited. It gives them something to look up to and feel good about themselves. It’s also what makes Summit Trail special.”

“I donated $100 of my own money,” 7th grader Rice said. “I had the money from soccer refereeing. Tristan and his mom got the flowers Wednesday and brought them to school today. Lincoln and I got here early, and we started handing them out.”

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Film Industry Expert Explains How Christians Can Engage the Culture Through Film (and Why We Should)

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We live in an era when Hollywood couldn’t be more opposed to Christianity.

The silver screen is often wrought with violence, sex, scandal, and worldly ideology, not to mention rhetoric that is starkly opposed to that of the teachings in the Lord’s Word.

On top of all that, Hollywood has a history of crudely twisting biblical themes…let’s not get started on the “Noah” movie or last year’s “Mother.”

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In spite of all this, however, Stephan Schultze, the executive director of the cinematic arts department at Liberty University, recently explained in an interview with The Christian Post why it is more important than ever for Christians to use film to spread the Gospel.

And that, as he knows from personal experience, it’s entirely possible for Christians to get involved in the film industry because of the Gospel.

“[The film industry] has great potential to shape culture,” Schultze explains, explaining that filmmakers are creatively obliged to be mindful of the worldview their work presents.

“But it can go awry and in the wrong direction and affect culture in an inappropriate way…filmmakers design and create content that drives traffic to their movie in order to make the next movie. When the film industry is least healthy, it’s driving traffic in a way that’s unproductive for us to engage in conversation and to care about one another, or it’s successfully violent and dehumanizes what it’s like to be a human.”

As an active industry professional, Schultze speaks from experience. He’s contributed to projects directed by Hollywood legends James Cameron Ron Underwood, as well as worked in every facet of the film industry from major motion films, television, music videos, commercials, industrial videos, and countless independent films.

In the many decades that his vast experience has spanned, Schultze says there is one vital truth he has learned: whatever your role in the film industry may be, your outward behavior plays a big role in the outcome of the project you’re involved with, which gives Christians an amazing tool with which to impact the culture and share the life-changing message of the Gospel.

“At the end of the day in the film industry, you attract what you’re like. If you’re kind, you attract people who want to work with you,” he says. “If you’re quick to anger, if you’re cavalier in your personal life, and you bring that onto a set, that it is what you end up with at the end of the day.”

“If you’re someone of the faith, how you demonstrate your faith…when it’s really hard, when you’re really pushing through a difficult moment…it’ll reflect extremely well in your opportunity to have someone say, ‘Wow, you’re different, what’s different about you?’” he continues.

“That’s what we try to emulate,” he continues. “We tell our students, ‘You have this great opportunity, and it’ll show up when it’s the hardest day you ever had, and that’s the day you can’t let that down. That’s the day you’ve got to push forward in a way that separates you from the pack.’”

This is certainly advice that applies to any industry. The Bible admonishes us to do everything we do unto the Lord (Col 3:23-24), so whether we scrub toilets or direct blockbuster films, in trials and challenges, by hard work, perserverence, and everyday kindess, we have an endless supply of opportunities to let Christ’s light shine through us.

Praise Him!

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