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Friday, July 4, 2014

The unthinkable has happened!

Dana has a hard time saying she was wrong.  I think she did it twice in one story.

She starts off the third hour with the story of illegal immigrants and the buses that the "small" town (of 100 thousand people) of Murrieta, California turned away.  She was saying there were two buses, and they just get dropped off at the Greyhound station.  Later, she says it's 3 buses (and apologizes for the error!) and they get took to a processing center before getting released.  This was a moment in the making!

Alright, I'll stop.  Of course I couldn't take Dana's word for it, whichever one you choose.  What's really going on at the border?

Dana said that something like ninety percent don't make it back.  Actually, it's more like sixty-five.  It's still bad, but it is also bad to be twenty-five percent off.

Dana said there are no health screenings or background checks.  But the Mayor of Murrieta has said the exact opposite.

Dana says they get processed and just get released.  Actually, the release is to ICE agents who will take them to their final destination in the US, or deportation.  This is not the dumping of immigrants on the great city of Murrieta.

The final destination of the buses was San Ysidro, south of San Diego.  The buses were similarly met with people on the street.  The only difference was they were welcoming them.  The immigrants have been through a lot.  Strife in their countries  A torturous trip up the east coast of Mexico.  Detention by the border patrol.  Then they had to go through what happened in Murrieta.  A welcoming face in San Ysidro must have been a warm sight.

It didn't have to be like this.  But the fury a fervor  over the immigration issue on the right has brought is to this.  Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  When did these words stop meaning something in this country?  Dana believes we should add a caveat to that phrase, only if they are your best and brightest. 

This 4th of July, ask yourself this question.  Is this what we really want our country to be?

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