Nothing like semantics to confuse the masses. According to reports, I.C.E. is no longer using the term “Unaccompanied Alien Children” to refer to the stream of minor illegal aliens flooding across the Southern border.
The children have commonly been referred to as “unaccompanied alien children,” or “UACs.” With the new directive, laid out in a June 4 email, both terms will be dropped and replaced with “unaccompanied children.”
How harmless and sad it seems if one were to come across an unaccompanied child. It brings images of lost children in grocery stores or kids lost in the woods. Who wouldn’t want to take them in and help them find their parents?
Americans, by and large, would like to do the same for these kids. Find their parents and send their children back to them – in the countries they came from. In fact, 2-out-of-3 Americans polled disapprove of Obama’s handling of the alien child flood.
Why take “alien” out of the classification? Will children found without adults be given the same treatment as children crossing the border without parents? Distinction and definition is important.
Had the parents applied for American citizenship and gone through the standard process, they would likely be receiving their citizenship like those in the ceremony that Obama attended today. Their children would not have had to risk their lives to go it alone.
Obama’s failure to lead on the issue is putting lives at risk and creating a national security nightmare. Simply re-classifying the problem does not make it go away.