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Selective compassion: In rush to shower benefits upon illegals, Democrats abandon U.S. homeless and veterans


Illegal immigration

(NaturalNews) Democrats are falling all over themselves to offer all kinds of goods, services and benefits to the hordes of illegal aliens pouring across the southwestern U.S. borders in Texas and Arizona, but they have so far shown little similar compassion for American veterans and homeless persons, even after the VA was recently outed as having some vets die while awaiting care.

Such examples include efforts by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has convened with a number of non-profit organizations to shelter illegal immigrant children and others in the city while they wait for a taxpayer-funded court hearing on whether they can legally remain in the country.

As reported by KCAL 9 News:

Garcetti said at a forum [July 15] the Department of Health and Human Services reached out to him about the possibility as federal authorities grapple with where to place undocumented children, fueling an ongoing debate about the nation's immigration policies, which have led to rallies in Murrieta and across the Southland this month.

"Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration, these are children. As a father, who are we as Americans if we do not step forward first?" Garcetti asked, noting, "I see this as not just a moral issue but as a practical one."

'It's kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens'

But indeed, such statements and sentiments are partisan in and of themselves, because they seek to preempt any opposition by framing it as somehow less than compassionate. Such purveyors of what is and is not "compassionate" can't seem to conjure up the same level of emotion when it comes to providing similar benefits for Americans who are down on their luck and who, at one point or another, probably paid for a portion of some of the benefits being given to those who break our laws to come here.

In LA, homeless activist Ted Hayes, who has lived in the city for 30 years, is opposed to the idea of housing the illegals. He says there are American kids on city streets who need the help first.

"It's kind of a slap in the face to U.S. citizens," Hayes told KCAL 9. "It's embarrassing. It's hurtful. Because it's like a father saying that he loves children outside of the family more than he loves his own."

"We feel for them," he continued, referring to the illegal alien youth. "We feel their pain. But we are feeling pain of our own children first."

'These kids are isolated'

None of that seems to matter to Garcetti and those who support his position, as he uses similar language to justify taking care of illegal children that could be used to justify taking care of American children in the same circumstances.

"These kids who are isolated, alone, maybe are doing the right thing, maybe have made mistakes -- forget all that first," he said. "Let's get them some place safe and secure. Let's get them legal representation, which is what this country has always stood for."

That's not true, but that's the going mantra for supporters of his position: "We've always been a country that does this." In fact, an honest look at U.S. immigration law throughout the country's history will show that, no, the U.S. in fact did not always lay down the welcome mat at our borders. And once upon a time, we required things of immigrants that we don't require now, such as assimilation and the learning of our culture and language: [http://www.immigrationpolicy.org].

Bottom line: There is nothing wrong with having compassion and being charitable to those in need, but when a nation's leaders neglect their own people in favor of others who may not have our nation's best interests at heart, that signals a disconnect that will lead to a further exacerbation of tension between the masses and the ruling class.

Sources:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com

http://www.kcentv.com

http://www.immigrationpolicy.org

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