Amurricans (or as a NY Times blogger called them/us, Amerks) exercising their rights:
Go Rick Perry Go!
Below you can find my translation of pieces of an article by several news agencies: Notimex, ap and Reuters which appears in today's La Jornada.
First a slight Rick Perry detour.
Perry may or may not need them, but I suspect this pair is purely cosmetic. There is no evidence of lense distortion of the eyes. Not even a tiny bit. They don't even magnify his eyes a bit the way glasses for presbyopia (older people's trouble seeing close--he surely needs some at 64. But he wouldn't want to wear THOSE in public). And you'll notice they are the um trendiest sort, the kind EVERYONE on TV is wearing. Maybe he got the idea from Sarah Palin.
On Sunday, Perry attended church at Clear Lake Evangelical Church in Iowa. Notice the church is in Iowa. In 2012 Perry soared and then crashed in Iowa. At this church, according to the Washington Post, "He came for redemption. . . . . Rick perry held his arms across his torso and swayed as the choir sang. . . . He bowed his head while the pastor preached about 'God's perfect plan of salvation.'"
The Washington Post says that the border crisis "gives Perry an animating issue placing him at the forefront of Republican politics." The article goes on, "After church. . . Perry spoke about the influx of young immigrants in front of about 100 conservative activists who sat rapt inside a hot and steamy airplane hangar here. When the governor said the words ´'securing the border,' he clenched his left fist, flexed his bicep and leaned his body forward. He paced side to side with a wireless microphone and no notes, bending his knees for emphasis. He looked like a Texas A&M football coach giving the aggies a pep talk.
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"'I will tell you this,' he added, his voice growing louder. 'If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it!'"
"The activists rose to their feet and cheered. Perry had scored a touchdown."
This is one of those situations where if I didn't laugh I'd cry.
As I said, the following story is from a joint effort by news agencies in La Jornada. The translation is mine.
"Yesterday Rick Perry announced the deployment of a thousand soldiers in the National Gard on the frontier with Mexico to reinforce the security in the midst of a human crisis without precedent, in the face of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, the majority coming from Central America.
"The governor, a possible aspirant [I wish this were a joke. Maybe a running character on Saturday Night Live if it still exists] for the Republican nomination for president, said that in recent months the security measures on the border had been seen to be overwhelmed by the arrival of some 57 thousand unaccompanied child migrants crossing into the US between October and June.
"The governor maintained that cartels and criminal gans were exploiting this situation in order to engage in trafficking in people and drugs.
"Perry said that the National Guard troups would work together with state agents from the Department of Public Security to guarantee security to all residents.
"The soldiers will also help to combat the drug cartels and to dissuade the foreign criminals from entering.
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"Perry, critical of the White House response to this crisis, said that the State has the responsibility to act in the face of 'the vain words and empty promises' of the federal government.
Democratic legislators accused Perry of militarizing the frontier. 'Militarization is the wrong reponse to the arrival of these children,' said Joaquín Castro, a Congressional representative [from San Antonio]I continue to hope that our state can give a measured more useful response than to send armed soldiers to welcome the children seeking refuge from the violence," he said.
The chief of police of Cameron County [the southeastern most county of Texas, across the border from Matamoros. It includes Brownsville] Omar Lucio said that he didn't know if the troops would arrive at that part of the border and asked what benefits it would bring in case it did. 'These people are trained for war, not for police work,' he asserted. . . 'I think the money would be better spent if it were given to agencies in charge of enforcing the law near the frontier.'
"More than 3 thousand agents of the Border Patrol operate in south Texas. Perry has asked Obama on many occasions to send the National Guard to the border. "
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And just so you can get further acquainted with this man Rick Perry who is governor of Texas and apparently still hoping to run for President, listen to him at athe Conservative Political Action Conference of the United States this year in Washington DC.
Good grief. I hope you recognize what a fantasyland this man lives in with his followers.
And here are some pictures taken from La Jornada of kids.
A child at a demonstration in California. (Reuters)
An immigrant minor rests under a train in Arriaga, Chiapas, on his way to the US frontier (Foto: Alfredo Dominguez)
A child in a processing center in Texas. (foto AP)
Two small Central Americans play in a refuge in Tapachula [Mexico, I think.] (foto: Alfredo Dominguez)
These kids could be anyone's kids. They don't need a system that batters and bruises them.