By DEXTER DUGGAN
PHOENIX — Unfairness and even cruelty often are prominently cited as reasons not to send young Latino “Dreamers” in the United States back to their home countries.
Brought here as little kids by their parents, the argument goes, they know little or nothing of the Spanish language, culture, or native land, so the U.S. practically is their home anyway.
Watch how rapidly this argument vanishes when the alien minor arrived in the U.S. just last month, and Barack Obama’s government is determined to keep her here for manipulative political reasons.
The minor doesn’t know any English? Doesn’t understand our cultural setting? Doesn’t have any parents here? No problem. Obama will furtively imbed her somewhere or the other in the U.S., with plenty of taxpayer money to make her welcome and permanent. Here, senorita, a worker from Planned Parenthood is going to talk to your newcomers’ class about “reproductive rights.”
In addition, when the federal government places illegal minors in U.S. schools, there’s probably a calculated intention to show other students that borders are just a bother. “Brittany, your new friend Maria is an undocumented traveler, but you don’t want to have her yanked away from being here with you, right?”
National talk-radio host Laura Ingraham said on August 19 that 350 new alien students are being added to the Oakland, Calif., school district alone. The left-wing Daily Kos blog said they had come in since last June, and added that 250 more students are in a San Francisco school district’s Newcomer Pathways programs, “compared to this time last year.”
On August 13 The Wall Street Journal posted a story headlined, “Central American Migrant Wave Tests Schools.” It began, “Public schools around the country are returning from summer break to face a challenge: integrating and paying for the influx of migrant children who have streamed across the Mexican border this year.”
Many Catholics probably will recognize the strategy from diocesan programs that try to persuade them to think of limitless illegal aliens as simply the good Catholics in the next pew, just waiting for the government to award them their “documentation” someday.
The facts that the U.S. already has a generous legal-immigration program, and that millions of potential legal immigrants patiently are following the proper procedures, are ignored while some diocesan officials encourage line-jumping.
Actually, the open-borders elite don’t much care how unfamiliar illegal aliens may be with U.S. culture and communication, even if they’ve just arrived here at age 40 or 50. Illegals want to be here? They deserve to be here in the tens of millions. The elite aren’t shedding any tears if the folks don’t know a word of English or think Minneapolis is ten miles north of the border.
Grasping the magnitude of the unauthorized alien invasion can be difficult, considering that it has gone on for decades. The money this means for big businesses only makes the elite all the more determined to keep them here.
An August 16 article at the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal blog asked, “Who’s Teaching the Undocumented Children at Federal Immigration Facilities?” With the school year beginning, a reporter checked on a facility in New Mexico, remodeled to hold up to 700 youngsters, but he had trouble discovering who has the teaching contract, or the cost.
“Multiple attempts emailing and calling federal officials at the [Artesia, N.M.] facility as well as the office of Artesia Mayor Phil Burch produced no response,” the article said, adding that the local public school superintendent is out of the loop:
“‘We have nothing to do with educating any of those students,’ Superintendent Crit Caton said in a brief telephone interview. ‘It’s all in-house, with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. . . . As a matter of fact, they haven’t asked anything from us, services, whatever. They’re doing everything in-house, within their confines’.”
Try a computer search for “government funding for unaccompanied alien minors.” This leads to “unaccompanied children’s services.” Click on that and here’s the long, frightening first sentence you get from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement:
“Following the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) mission, which is founded on the belief that new-arriving populations have inherent capabilities when given opportunities, ORR/Division of Children Services/Unaccompanied Alien Children program provides unaccompanied alien children (UAC) with a safe and appropriate environment as well as client-focused highest quality of care to maximize the UAC’s opportunities for success both while in care and upon discharge from the program to sponsors in the U.S. or return to home country, to assist them in becoming integrated members of our global society.”
That search didn’t lead instantly to any dollar figures, but to a defining worldview.
Integrated members of our global society? Just another way of saying a big, borderless world, where ordinary people are pawns.
Many Catholics seem concerned that their U.S. Church is in danger of selling its soul, and their own religious liberty, in exchange for massive government funding of charitable services that makes the Church only an extension of Barack Obama’s aggressive, impatient secularism.
It’s known that the federal government has poured millions of dollars into Texas dioceses in the last few years for alien services.
When I quoted California conservative commentator Barbara Simpson at the end of an August 14 Wanderer front-page article about illegal immigration, at least two blogs linked to it. They pointed with distress to her remarks about Golden State Catholic charities collecting millions of federal dollars for illegal aliens’ services.
And although the federal government far surpasses the U.S. Church in spending power, the Church itself has diverted good-faith donations from the pews to promote aspects of “amnesty.”
Last year, when Washington political circles were abuzz with the expectation that “comprehensive immigration reform” soon would be approved in Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a news release about spending some donation money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the bishops’ “domestic anti-poverty agency.”
The March 5, 2013, news release said CCHD “approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions to serve communities benefiting from the reform legislation….
“With these recently announced grants,” the release continued, “CCHD will have committed more than $3.5 million in the past year to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform.”
The bishops’ CCHD subcommittee “determined that swift action by the Catholic community was essential in advancing the recently emerging prospects for immigration reform,” the release said.
Note those words — serving communities benefiting from “comprehensive immigration reform.”
An Arizona woman called The Wanderer’s attention to the booming health-care enterprise Centene Corp. and a wholly owned subsidiary named Cenpatico as beneficiaries of government funding for provision of services. She asked not to be identified due to security concerns because she lives near the turbulent international border. We’ll call her Mrs. Smith.
A mid-July news release from Centene said it was a “gold level” sponsor of the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference, held that month at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
La Raza is a militant national left-wing Latino organization that demands “comprehensive immigration reform.”
The news release said: “‘Centene’s sponsorship and participation in this event is part of our continued dedication to addressing the whole health of the individuals we serve,’ said Dr. Mary Mason, senior vice president, chief medical officer of Centene. ‘The National Council of La Raza is an organization with a rich history, and one that aligns with Centene’s purpose of transforming the health of the community, one person at a time. We are honored to participate in its annual conference’.”
Mrs. Smith said this illustrates the synergy between a government-funded provider and an activist political group that could bring countless new customers to the health provider.
The news release continued that at the La Raza conference, “Centene and its subsidiaries, California Health & Wellness, Cenpatico, and OptiCare Managed Vision, will host a series of events to address health and social barriers that impact the Hispanic population. In addition, to spotlight a growing epidemic with significant health impacts, Cenpatico, Centene’s behavioral health specialty company, will hold anti-bullying education sessions.”
Centene described itself as “a Fortune 500 company…a leading multi-line [emphasis in the original] health-care enterprise that provides programs and services to government-sponsored health-care programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, and Medicare (Special Needs Plans).
“The company operates local health plans and offers a range of health-insurance solutions. It also contracts with other health-care and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, care-management software, correctional systems health care, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy-benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services,” the news release said.
A July business update by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Centene “reported a 23 percent increase in net earnings to $48.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, which lifted its full-year guidance for 2014. Centene’s total revenue also rose 54 percent to $4 billion for the second quarter, due to the addition of 601,100 members, the Clayton [Mo.]-based company reported. . . . As of June 30, Centene has 3.1 million members in 20 states.”
Regarding Centene’s subsidiary Cenpatico, the news release said: “Our healthcare specialties include behavioral health, foster care, school-based services, specialty therapy and rehabilitation and more. We have managed Medicaid and other public-sector benefits since 1994. Currently, we serve nearly 3 million members nationally. Our headquarters are in Austin, Texas, and we have local teams across the country in the markets we serve.”
As one example of where the network of interrelationships leads, the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the Arizona Department of Health Services lists Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona as a regional behavioral health authority that serves eight of the state’s 15 counties.
Following one more step down the line, a Yuma, Ariz., mental health counseling and treatment center says it’s a contracted provider with Cenpatico and offers services in areas including individual and family therapy, psychiatric health, substance abuse, domestic violence, crisis, and DUI.
Mrs. Smith told The Wanderer that an illegal alien can obtain refugee status if he’s classified as seriously mentally ill.
“All of the service providers can diagnose a client as SMI [seriously mentally ill] or any diagnosis needed for the client to qualify for asylum or refugee status,” she said. “Since our politicians and officials are claiming that these people are fleeing violence and some have been abused while being smuggled, the services of these providers will be needed. I see it all as supply and demand, and the supply just grew in untold numbers.”
As Arizona conservative Latino leader Reymundo Torres and others have said, Obama uses a strategy to employ Latino children as shields for his political attacks almost like the terrorist group Hamas does with Mideast minors.
At the radicals’ National Council of La Raza conference in July in Los Angeles, sponsored by Centene, La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia gave a talk that said opposition to the waves of incoming alien minors is hateful and devoid of decency.
“When it comes to those blocking buses with hateful slurs against Central American toddlers and youth — isn’t going to get our vote,” she reportedly exclaimed. “Getting rid of or repealing DACA [Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] isn’t going to get our vote. And sitting on your backsides and blocking immigration-reform legislation isn’t going to get our vote.”