- - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Night after night I watch, read and listen to the news about all the “children” illegally crossing the border of my country, the United States. Some of these so-called “children” have beards, isn’t that odd? Not to the Department of Homeland Security, apparently, which defines a child as anyone under 21.

Now about the recent uptick in murders in these youngsters’ countries of origin. Here are the actual numbers: In 2008, El Salvador had a murder rate of 51.9 per 100,000 people, and in 2012, it had a rate of 41.2 murders per 100,000 people. In 2008, Guatemala had a rate of 46 murders for every 100,000 people, and in 2013, it had a rate of 38.5 murders per 100,000 people. In 2008, Honduras had 61.3 murders for every 100,000 people, and in 2013 it had a rate of 79 murders for every 100,000 people. So Honduras is the only one of these three countries showing an increase in murders. That’s odd.

As the pro-illegal-alien folks rightly state, President Bush signed the law in 2008 to reclassify these “children” from Central America. If the current surge were Mr. Bush’s fault, the surge would have occurred soon after his signing, in the period from 2008 to 2011, but it didn’t. It happened not long after President Obama issued his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order on June 15, 2012.

Numbers don’t lie; politicians do.

RANDY STEPHENS

Falls Church