How about releasing convicted felons serving jail time, if it can be shown that their children are bona fide American citizens, and are in danger of being raised by foster parents or placed up for adoption because one or both parents are in jail? Oh, you think that sounds insane?
Incredibly, that is exactly what the pro-illegals group called the Latino Policy Coalition is now demanding. They just filed a 10 page "official complaint for the Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council" about America's trampling on the "rights" of the children.
Effectively, they are saying in their April "news" announcement about their undated 10 page "complaint" that if America puts people in jail for breaking our laws and they happen to be parent, then we are violating "human rights" and should have the United Nation's come after us.
At stake are the "rights" of children of - they report - 5.5 million "undocumented" aliens, ie. illegals.
This is their idea of what the U.N.'s "Universal Declaration of Rights" and the nine Articles of the "United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child" mean.
It means that if we arrest and hold someone for breaking our law - such as illegal immigrants - and they have children, then we are being anti-family and anti-child.
The loony left Latino Policy Coalition calls the American jail system a "gulag" where there are 5,100 children who are now - and they capitalize the word - MISSING - and so their "rightful parents" cannot find them and retain custody either here or in Latin America.
For those too young to recall, Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote The Gulag Archipelego, published in 1973, in which he described a system of secret jails in the old Soviet Union where the Communists had imprisoned dissenters like him.
It is an Orwellian twist of logic in the extreme to describe the American penal system - however imperfect it undoubtedly is - as a "gulag" that in any way compares to that old Soviet Communist system which Solzhenitsyn described.
Showing the most fundamental disconnect between reality and leftwing la la land the "Coalition" says in their complaint that "human rights advocates" from across America and around the world should stand together to "end these blunt violations of perhaps the oldest and most fundamental of human rights - a parent's right to raise and care for their own child."
And so, the United Nations should demand that America give them a list of affected children and stop removing children from the care of illegals, just because they were locked up and put in jail. And of course, the children should be "reunified" with their parents.
In fact, the "complaint, signed by former San Francisco City and County Supervisor Jim Gonzalez, now the "Chair" of the "Latino Policy Coalition," demands that the U.N. force President Obama
Let me weigh in with an alternative, my own modest counter proposals for parent illegals.
(1) How about we add charges to what those rare illegals who have been arrested for breaking our laws, already face? They broke the law and were lousy parents, and they should pay for that crime against their own children.
The Leftwing Loco Latino group demands a "writ" of habeus corpus" requiring him to produce a list of arrested parent-illegals? Oh?
May I suggest instead a "writ" of "habeus corpus" from the President of all the people who were NOT yet arrested for breaking the law, and of those, how many broke the law and are putting their children in harms way, and when will you protect those children?
(2) While the "Coalition" is prattling on about the "rights of the parents" may I suggest that the children have a right to have parents who aren't breaking the law?
There are no "rights" of parents. The book I read doesn't refer to this anywhere nor does American law.
This is America folks. It is the CHILD who has the rights. It is the parent who has the responsibility to take care of their children and not put them in harms way.
The children of illegals have ipso facto had their rights taken away by a law breaking illegal. We should file a complaint against Barack Obama for not enforcing the law against the parent, see #1 above.
(3) We should more vigorously enforce existing law against employers who hire illegal aliens because they are enabling behavior which hurts the children. Not to mention, breaking the law in the first place.
(4) We should do a better job of protecting our borders from parents bringing children on such a dangerous trip while they are committing a crime, and prosecute them not just for their illegal border crossing but also for their endangerment of a child.
(5) If parents who are breaking two laws - illegally crossing the border and endangering their child - are convicted then their children should immediately be put up for adoption if they are American citizens by birth. The children will be safer in an environment of law abiding parents.
(6) We should amend the Constitution so that the Court decision creating "anchor babies" is reversed. It was most certainly not the intent of the framers of the 14th Amendment to allow pregnant illegals to cross the border, have a baby here, and with their new "American citizen child" then become deportation-proofed.
The actual language of the 14th amendment is very clearly NOT intended to include illegals' children: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States."
If they are citizens of another country and here illegally then they are subject to the jurisdiction of THAT OTHER country not this one.
The court erred in ruling otherwise - they just created a "right" to citizenship which was never intended. An amendment should be adopted making clear what the law is.
The Latino Policy Coalition says America should be punished and we should free parents of anchor babies who broke American law.
I suggest that we should add charges to what they are already facing, and charge more people with breaking our laws and with endangering their children by their illegal conduct.
The alternative is to say that people who are in jail should be allowed a "Get out of Jail Free" card if they have children who are American citizens.
As for taking care of children, that is the easiest part.
Stop the war on Christians in America, eliminate the mandates (ie. edicts) under Obamacare which has already forced the Catholic Church to stop providing foster care and adoption services in certain jurisdictions. The Catholic Bishops complained about this in a "proclamation" which includes this blunt report,
"Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia, and the state of Illinois have driven local Catholic Charities out of the business of providing adoption or foster care services—by revoking their licenses, by ending their government contracts, or both—because those Charities refused to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples who cohabit."
(see United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: a Statement on Religious Liberty")
(also see my previous report here at RED STATE on this very topic, New Catholic Bishops' Counter-Attack vs Barack Obama assault on Religious Liberty).
It is absurd to complain about your concern for children when their parents broke the law, while non-government groups such as the Catholic Church, are being forced out of business by the Obama Administration.
The complaint should be filed with the "U.N. Rights of Children" against Barack Obama except for this.
It isn't American law - our U.S. Senate has never ratified this treaty and is not bound by it.
Parents don't have "rights" to their children. The children are not property.
The children are not your "life," nor your "liberty" nor your "pursuit of happiness."
Children are a loan from almighty God and under our laws and under His law, it is the responsibility of parents to care for their children in a responsible, loving way that doesn't endanger them.
If this "Leftwing Loco Latino" group wanted to do some good for the children of poor people and illegals they should help stop tax dollars being given to Planned Parenthood, which does a lot worse to children than their complaint alleges against the United States.
As the Latino Policy Coalition may not have noticed, millions of children are being killed by abortion. That is to say the least, a rather severe abridgement of their rights.
It is the rights of the children to have parents who take care of them, which is being endangered. It is endangered by the actions of illegals, by those who support illegals and by the administration of Barack Obama which is putting out of business Christian organizations which love children and are able to help them.
The crime against the children is also a crime against God's law. We should demand more vigorous enforcement of the law, a defense of religious liberty so that church sponsored groups can help these children, and demand the politicians who are scared to death of defying "children's rights groups" should get off the dime and do their job.
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