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Laura Ingraham's Fear of Children—Inside Her Latest Xenophobic Assault

In Ingrahams's America, immigrant kids will destroy "our" way of life and take "our" jobs.

Photo Credit: Andrew F. Kazmierski/Shutterstock.com

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported a terrible story of the uncovering of a mass grave in which the bodies of 800 children were apparently thrown haphazardly over a period of years. The mass grave was a septic tank. No, this wasn’t another report from the various conflagrations in the Middle East or an ancient people’s burial ground. It was found on the grounds of a 20th century Catholic unwed mothers’ home in Ireland.

This was one of those places where desperate girls were shunted to be chastised and used as indentured servants as they awaited the birth of their “illegitimate” children — children who were, by necessity, left behind to be raised in “The Home” or adopted out, if they were lucky. A lot of girls passed through those walls over the course of more than 40 years. Evidently, a lot of their children never left.

Hopefully, this sort of thing could never happen again. The Obama administration is taking humanitarian action on behalf of unaccompanied children who are crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S. According to this report, the numbers of such kids have been surging recently, and Health and Human Services is caring for as many as 60,000 this year, up from a mere 5,800 just a few years ago. Most of these kids are from Central America, escaping violence and economic despair. (Mexican children are usually repatriated at the border.) It’s a crisis of such proportion that the administration is asking for additional funds to manage it.

These are kids, some of them quite little, many of them girls. They are in desperate straits. One would certainly assume that any person of faith would be compassionate toward children who have done nothing more than try to escape a terrible fate and find a new life somewhere else. But that is not what many of our most ardent “right-to-life” defenders of children and “family values” have to say about it, of course. Much like their forebears in that Catholic home for unwed mothers, they have no sympathy for either the parents who are so desperate they send their little children to America alone in the hope they can find a better life, or the poor kids who actually make it here.

For instance, you have GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who insists that these kids are very cannily trying to get in under the wire in anticipation of Obama’s alleged big amnesty plan:

“Word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally, many of whom are children from Central America.”

Those sneaky little tykes are master strategists. They know all about the administration’s plans even before they make them; the rise in children crossing started happening in 2009.

Meanwhile, we have the leading crusader against “illegal immigration,” ABC’s newest star Laura Ingraham, calling this humanitarian crisis an “invasion facilitated by our own government.” She blamed a number of politicians of both parties, all of whom, aside from Obama and the hated “mavericks” McCain and Graham, either had Hispanic or Jewish last names. She then said she was going down to Eric Cantor’s district to campaign against him with the message:

“Oh no you won’t. This is our country… Our borders matter to us. Our way of life and our culture matter to us. Our jobs and our wages matter to us. No you won’t.”

This is because little children are going to ruin our culture and our way of life and take our jobs. Indeed, the government is “trafficking illegal immigrants from one part of the country to another part of the country to further erode American wages and further forward their goal of ultimate amnesty and changing the electoral and cultural landscape of the United States forever.” (That’s one of her hobbyhorses, along with accomplice Ann Coulter, who insists that immigrants must be stopped not only because they’ll trash the place but because they’re going to vote Democratic. Fraudulently, of course.)

But then, Ingraham is known for her concerns about American purity being polluted by immigrants. Her book “Power to the People” featured this pithy observation:

“Our national power and identity comes in part from our shared American culture and language. This power will continue to be eaten away if we don’t stop the double-talk and defend our borders.”

Oddly, Ingraham is a Catholic who very ostentatiously converted in 2003 and is herself the mother of three adopted children, two of whom were adopted from Russia and one from Guatamala, which one would think would evoke some sympathy toward these border-crossing kids. But apparently, if they aren’t being adopted by a nice right-wing millionaire lady, they are toxic destroyers of our American culture and must be barred from entry.

You have to wonder if she knows that her church operates one of the largest social service organizations in the world for kids like these. In fact, they are in cahoots with NoBama:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the world. MRS is a leader among non-governmental agencies in addressing the needs of refugee children forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution, along with vulnerable children migrating to the United States to escape community and familial violence, poverty and hunger. MRS employs a specialized team of experts to oversee its foster care programming within the Children’s Services division. With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of State, MRS works with a national network of 12 state licensed Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care programs for the on-going care of unaccompanied children. Most of these programs are administered through Catholic Charities agencies.

It would appear that Ingraham’s church is actively helping to facilitate this “invasion” and is bent on diluting our bodily essence… er, culture and way of life.

There have always been those among the faithful, like Ingraham, who cannot see past the alleged sins of the parents to help the children, haven’t there? The people who ran that unwed mothers home in Ireland just threw the dead kids in the septic tank. But these people have evolved. Today, the conservative Catholics like Laura Ingraham just want to ship them back to hell. And to think Ingraham had the nerve to tell Congressman Luis Gutierrez that he wasn’t a good Catholic.

 

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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