Op-Ed: Taking exception to Rep. Veronica Escobar’s “Ellis Island” comparison

“Welcome to the New Ellis Island and to the Capital of the border.” This was Rep. Escobar’s bien venido to VP Harris, Mayorkas and Sen. Durbin.

I was absolutely astounded by her comment!

Please explain the similarities between Ellis Island, NY, and the “New Ellis Island and Capital of the Border?” I won’t go into a history lesson here, but certainly hope our congresswoman will take the time to research history.

We all know phrases sound great, but saying it so doesn’t make it so!

Is our representative clueless as to what is happening in our city, right under her nose? Is she so blinded by her partisanship that following the law is not on her radar?

Her comment was as absurd as comparing the Biden Administration’s absolute disregard for the rule of law and human life, to the common sense approach taken by President Trump with respect for the rule of law.

We’ve all heard about the violence and deaths on the dangerous journey, and seen the tragedies at our southern border under this administration which Escobar works with “closely.”

President Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration saved thousands of lives on both sides of the border.

Is Escobar unaware of the recent declarations filed in Federal Court regarding conditions at Ft. Bliss? If she is aware, and I suspect she is, why would she ignore the facts?

The filings of a 13-year-old Honduran girl allege 29 youths have been placed on suicide watch, children are filled with despair and are depressed, some refuse to eat, some spend the day sleeping, some require 24 hour supervision for fear they will harm themselves. Others are cutting themselves with personal items in their possession.

This teen also describes the protests for better living conditions within the tent. She discusses an attempt by a group of teenagers to run away in May.

How does any of this fall into the category of “humane treatment?”

Some of these revelations are not new. In the May 23-29, 2021 edition of the El Paso Inc., Ellen Beattie, “a director of the International Rescue Committee said she was “flabbergasted to learn that Ft. Bliss will increase capacity to 10,000 beds. She further stated it was “hard to imagine this being in the best interest of the children here.”

Yet Escobar continues to state the Biden Administration is “willing to tackle challenges in a meaningful, thoughtful, strategic, compassionate way.”

Congresswoman Escobar how has this administration shown it is tackling this crisis, they created, in a “meaningful” and “thoughtful” way?

Congresswoman Escobar, how has this administration shown compassion in the treatment of the children held at Ft. Bliss?

Congresswoman Escobar in what ways are the children held at Ft. Bliss being treated “humanely.”

Finally, Congresswoman Escobar your comments are insulting as none of what you state is reality.

Author: Barbara Carrasco

Carrasco is a local small business owner, PCT Chair #16 Republican Party, Former SREC Dist 29, and Republican Candidate for Congressional District 16, (2012)


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