SIMMONS: Border children reflect new nanny state

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What in hell is going to happen to the children?

The media were escorted in, and by now you’ve seen the pictures and read the stories about the border children — the thousands of young people who are pouring across our southern border.

Some of the children have their heads titled upward, watching, as adults and other children around the globe are, the World Cup. Many others are tossing balls with the federal border agents responsible making sure they bathe, eat, exercise and sleep — and are diapered.

This is the new nanny state — and it’s scary.

What eventually will happen to the border children is unclear.

President Obama is being blamed for this “humanitarian crisis.”

But he should not have to shoulder all the weight because this new nanny state has been in the making for a long time.

“Under the authority of the Homeland Security Act, the federal government transfers custody of illegal immigrant children who are apprehended alone at our borders to the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR),” a story on explains. “The ORR’s primary goal is to reunite them with a family member or legal guardian already here in the U.S. (regardless of their legal status) while the child goes through removal proceedings. As Breitbart Texas recently reported, UACs receive a bevy of assistance while in ORR custody, including classroom education, health care, socialization/recreation, vocational training, mental health services, family reunification, access to legal services, and case management. In many cases, they are treated better than US citizen children currently in the foster care system.”

That one paragraph speaks volumes.

For sure, children need to be tended to — even when they somehow make it all the way from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras to our border all on their own (If you believe as much).

Border and customs officials expect 90,000 minors to be caught this year and more than 140,000 in 2015. These children won’t end up in places like Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona. Those are temporary places until they wend their way through nanny’s house, where rooms are labeled: Maryland, Virginia.

In fact, Obama administration officials were scheduled to pop into Virginia last evening to address concerns of the people of Lawrenceville, about an hour’s drive from Richmond and an hour-and-a-half from Raleigh, N.C. Lawrenceville town folk there were expected on Monday to begin laying out welcome mats for as many as 500 border children who were to be housed at a closed black college, St. Paul’s College, in Lawrenceville, which has a majority black population.

The folks there spoke in one voice: Slow your roll. Mr. Obama ain’t Grant and you’re not going to run through Richmond.

I suspect, though, that tempers will be calmed once the people are told that not all four-letter words are dirty — like j-o-b-s.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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