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One might think that the self-styled child savers, those eager to bring poor children from poor countries to the U.S. for adoption, would be bending over backwards to help these would-be immigrants. One would be wrong.
The champions of intercountry adoption, Sen. Mary Landrieu and Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, are nowhere in sight now that the tired, poor huddled masses of children yearning to breathe free are on our shores.
CHARITY ENDS AT HOME
Now that unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are here, it's clear that while the "child savers" behind CHIFF want to change laws to make it easier to bring children here, they have no interest in devising laws to allow children who are here to stay. These sanctimonious do-gooders are not rushing to the borders to help these children stacked up like logs in warehouses. Of course there's no money in doing so for the billion-dollar adoption industry. Noteworthy is that opponents of immigration argue that those who break our laws to come here should not be allowed to stay, but are silent about illegal activities abroad that bring thousands of children here for adoption. The child savers' end game is usually adoption, and the kids coming here are most likely not adoptable. Not only are they too old to be attractive to those willing to pay $35,000 plus for a foreign infant or toddler, their parents have not surrendered their parental rights.**
NEITHER ADOPTION NOR IMMIGRATION IS THE ANSWER
The Obama administration has promised to "stem the tide" of accompanied minors while promising "to do right" by these children. It is requesting Congress to appropriate almost $3.7 billion for increased border security, care of unaccompanied minors, and immigration judges. It is also requesting $300 million in aid to Central American countries for controlling their borders and addressing economic and security concerns that may be driving the migration. It is anticipated that most of these immigrants will be returned to their countries.
Congressional leaders have not committed to any course of action whether increased funding or amending immigration laws to allow these "wretched refuse" to remain here. None of the senators and representatives who are pushing for CHIFF have stepped forward on behalf of these children. I suspect that Sen. Landrieu is just thankful that the Department of Homeland Security hasn't shipped them to Louisiana to join the poor children there in foster care. Embracing these foreign children would be a disaster to her re-election campaign.
We at FMF recognize that the U.S. cannot absorb large numbers of poor families in a short period of time. Neither immigration nor adoption can reduce violence and poverty in foreign lands. Those wanting to help--evangelicals, Harvard professors, U.S. Congresspeople, the Obama administration, anyone must work with governments in poor countries to improve conditions there.--jane
*Now that these and other countries have curtailed adoptions, the industry has turned to Africa for children and, of course, corruption soon followed. According to a recent ABC news report, a Georgia adoption agency, One World Adoptions, closed down after state officials suspended its license for ninety days. The state accused the agency of failing to provide documentation that an Ethiopian child was eligible for adoption, providing a prospective adoptive parent with a document which may have contained false information, and forwarding a letter from an attorney to a prospective adoptive family asking for $2,000 to "'motivate public officials to act.'" Georgia Adoption Agency Closing After Suspension
** Some individuals have shown an interest in adopting these children and have contacted Texas adoption agencies according to Abrazo Adoption Associates of San Antonio. Abrazo is encouraging these individuals to consider American children in foster care. There Are No "Alien Children."
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