Conway Offers Compassion and Common Sense: Best Way to Help Migrant Families Is to Help Them Come Legally

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Amid outcry over the situation at the southern border, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway provided somewhat of a reality check.

As IJR previously reported, migrants tried storming the border earlier this week and encountered tear gas from law enforcement.

While speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Conway suggested people should show migrants compassion by offering to help them come to the United States legally.

“Try to help,” she said, according to The Hill. “Who’s helping them to realize how they can immigrate here legally?”

She also noted that “there are peaceful and legal ways to come to this country and I would say to those women and their children that they should go ahead and look at those options.”

While Conway said that she had “great compassion” for mothers trying to bring their children to the U.S., she also attempted to discredit false ideas surrounding compassion.

“Who promised them things that don’t exist? Who took their money and promised them safe passage and a peaceful path here towards asylum, when it’s not true?” she asked.

“That’s not the way to come,” she added. Her statements came as the president refused to back down from enforcing immigration law and protecting the border.

While it seemed unlikely that Congress would reach a compromise on immigration, thousands of additional migrants were traveling behind the thousands that already made it to the border.

Trump seemed poised to push for border wall funding just before the budget deadline on Dec. 7 — potentially opening the door to a government shutdown.

Although Trump’s House majority may help him to push border funding before Democrats take over next year, he could have a difficult time getting that through his slim majority in the Senate.

As IJR previously noted, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) both indicated they wouldn’t be willing to shut down the government over the wall issue.

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Lizzie Helmer
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The best way to help migrant families is to help them come legally, that’s absolutely right. But the United States has been letting in less and less asylum seekers and changing the rules on who can apply, including women and their families that come from domestic violence situations. Kellyanne’s words don’t match the actions of the administration.

I. Chin
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Legal immigration and asylum are two different things.

Can you provide some #s and sources to back your statement about “less and less”? These might help place them in context as recent or a years-long trend.

I. Chin
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“Crashing the border” and using violence while doing so are neither legal immigration NOR likely to get one granted asylum.

Approximately 80%+ of the invaders are military-age males who have been quoted as seeking work, not asylum.

KhyberRifle
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When you’ve got a congressperson joyfully vowing to impeach the MF’er, let’s not quibble over nuances of language. Asylum . . work . . legal . . . illegal. . . too may toe, too ma toe

I. Chin
Member

Also, are rising #s of those seeking asylum reflective of those who are actually eligible to receive it? More ineligibles will inflate the # and %ages of rejections.

Many sources attribute the surge in C. American exodus to fear of criminal violence in their native countries. Unfortunately this does not square with the legal conditions for granting asylum. Nor does seeking work or education.

I. Chin
Member

It’s also hard to make a case for fleeing domestic violence when your entire family, husband included, are with you. q.v. recent photos of ENTIRE, INTACT families.

Domestic violence should be grounds for asylum. Leaving your country is one way to make one’s own asylum. Traveling across multiple borders dilutes this claim.

Then there’s that due process thing that’s part of law. Is the woman telling the truth?

KhyberRifle
Member

As much as I’m sensitive to the individual horrors of (offshore) domestic violence situations, for which tragically there is often no escape, no justice for the victim, no punishment for the miscreant, neither the U.S. nor it’s State governments have nexus in those matters. It can’t be otherwise. Chalk that up to human blight.

I. Chin
Member

…,and , ironically, those who are granted asylum under such circumstances then bring over there “abusers”. No stats, but how convenient a loophole for them to exploit. q.v. the # of child brides (teens) married to men in their 40s.

Rocky Drummond
Member

If Kellyanne really wants to help the situation, then she should fight to eliminate the reasons for people wanting to immigrate in the first place.

You don’t stop a flood by trying to just dam a river. You deal with the causes of flooding before it can start.

KhyberRifle
Member

Right Rock. Let’s go to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and implement a Why Can’t We All Just Get Along program in each barrio.

I. Chin
Member

…because LEGAL immigration is always an option.*
*unless you’re a criminal, as a large # of these invaders have proven themselves.

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