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OpinionGeraldo Rivera: Migrants at our border want a better life and deserve our kindness

05:40  05 december  2018
05:40  05 december  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Border crossing closed after migrants try entering U.S.

Border crossing closed after migrants try entering U.S. “We’re not running because we’re criminals,” one migrant said. “We’re running from the crime in our country.” On the other side of the river, dozens of migrants broke through a wooden fence and climbed atop a freight train. Clutching Honduran and Guatemalan flags, they could see the United States from their perch — but there still appeared to be no way for them to cross. The attempted crossing came after Trump administration officials and members of Mexico’s incoming government appeared to be at odds over a deal that could prevent asylum seekers from entering the United States.

What about the humanity of our American veterans who sacrificed in defense of our country? Why should we be spending tax dollars on illegal immigrants for “humanity’s sake” when many of our veterans Geraldo Rivera : Migrants at our border want a better life and deserve our kindness .

Geraldo Rivera (born Gerald Michael Riviera; July 4, 1943) is an American attorney, reporter, author, and talk show host. He was the host of the talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998.

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The first guest on my first network talk show was Cesar Chavez, the already legendary leader of the United Farm Workers. Back then, in July 1973, he was already a champion of undocumented immigrants, but his compassion for them was a recent phenomena. Just five years before, in 1968, Chavez had enlisted the support of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy “to remove wetbacks who are being recruited to break our strike.”

Former Border Patrol deputy chief defends using pepper spray: You could ‘put it on your nachos and eat it’

Former Border Patrol deputy chief defends using pepper spray: You could ‘put it on your nachos and eat it’ Former U.S. Border Patrol deputy chief Ron Colburn early Monday defended the use of pepper spray to deter migrants attempting to enter the U.S. at the Mexican border, saying it is "natural" and "you could actually put it on your nachos and eat it." "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy asked Colburn, who is now president of the non-profit Border Patrol Foundation, if such measures were necessary, prompting Colburn to call the contents of the pepper spray "natural" and "a good way of deterring people without long-term harm." On Fox & Friends, Border Patrol Foundation president defends pepper spraying latinx migrants because "it's natural.

The latest Tweets from Geraldo Rivera (@ GeraldoRivera ). loving husband and dad, loyal friend History will judge our treatment of migrants whose principal sin is that they want to feed, house and Is the best we can do, militarize our border & reduce to criminals desperate families seeking a better

I just want to share with you what I have been experiencing over the last five years in having the So they looked at things like Gallup polls about satisfaction in life and what they learned was that if Now, our argument, our battle, we thought, was with the organizations that kept saying it's not cost-effective.

It took Cesar and Bobby half a lifetime to understand the need to treat the undocumented with kindness, and to figure out their place in the American economic system. So how can I be mad at anyone fearful of the migrant caravan today? I totally understand that millions of Americans still view the thousands squatting in squalor in Tijuana as a menace to society.

They are not. Rather, they are desperate economic refugees looking for a job and a guarantee that their children will not be forced into prostitution or an equally short, brutal life in a gang. That is it. That is why they walked 2,500 miles, and now wait with dwindling hope for an interview with a U.S. official who will start the process of adjudicating their probably unwinnable claim of political asylum.

Border Patrol also used tear gas and pepper spray at US-Mexico border during Obama administration

Border Patrol also used tear gas and pepper spray at US-Mexico border during Obama administration US Customs and Border Protection used tear gas at the border on dozens of occasions under the Obama administration.

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera has apologized for defending the network's embattled former chief “The man we knew as the blustering genius who invented our mighty Fox News Channel is a “And if they are true, then his shame and banishment are well earned.” Rivera took to Twitter in July

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera has had a big change of heart. When the sexual harassment scandal first broke in July, Rivera , who admitted that Ailes was a If the charges against Ailes are indeed true then he “is a deceitful, selfish misogynist” who well -earned his “his shame and banishment,” Rivera wrote.

Eventually, most of them will be forced to return to their homes in Central America. There is little room in our system for those seeking to use our asylum system in search of a better-paid life.

Once they are back home, because their reality will be unchanged, they will try again to come to the United States, where safe, well-paid jobs are easily available as our economy hums along at its torrid pace. They will come to mow our lawns, work in our restaurant kitchens, deliver our pizza, and pick our fruits and vegetables. They are largely law-abiding and hardworking, and they will come again.

Their dogged ambition to take care of their families is a good argument to fund President Donald J. Trump’s wall. It will not stop the professional smugglers, and it will not stop the fit and eager young men who make up a majority of the caravan. But it will stop many of the mothers and children, and the elderly and infirm, from crossing.

No one arrested in border clash is prosecuted

No one arrested in border clash is prosecuted No criminal charges will be filed against any of the 42 people associated with a caravan of Central American migrants who were arrested in a clash that ended with U.S. authorities firing tear gas into Mexico. Customs and Border Protection declines to say why none of the 42 were prosecuted but a U.S. official says many came as families and, in other cases, authorities didn't collect enough information to pursue charges, including names of the arresting officers. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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This includes Geraldo Rivera : Mercifully, Rivera appears not to know how to thread tweets, but if you click on that first tweet, you’ll see that his thoughts In the above clip—recently tweeted by reporter Kinsey Schofield— of Bette Midler talking about Rivera , though, her side of the story is different.

It is conceivable that Trump’s wall will stabilize the problem at our southern border in the same way the wall separating Israel from the Palestinian Territories has dramatically reduced cross-border attacks.

Then what?

First of all, President Trump must urge congress to pass a tailored and obtainable immigration reform bill. In this bill (which I could draw up in an hour), the president would get a hefty down payment on his wall. In an act of great compromise, he and Senate Republicans would simultaneously announce their support for blanket amnesty for the hundreds of thousands of immigrant DREAMers – the youngsters who were brought here illegally at a young age through no fault of their own.

The president should also ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stand down during the period of intense negotiation, and he should announce talks with Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to restart the “bracero” program, wherein hundreds of thousands of temporary Mexican workers were flown in to work on an as-needed basis.

All of this should be done as we announce support for the rehabilitation of the Central American nations that keep sending us their hungry sons and daughters.

We are a country of immigrants. We owe a special duty to those who for generations have been coming and going over our shared border.

Nielsen: Girl's death in border patrol custody 'a sad example of the dangers' migrants face.
“My heart goes out to the family, all of DHS,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an interview on “Fox & Friends,” where she also touted new border crossing statistics. U.S. Customs and Border Protection acknowledged Thursday night that the girl died of exhaustion and dehydration less than 48 hours after authorities at the border took the girl into custody along with her father and a large group of migrants who crossed into New Mexico illegally.

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