Pa. Republicans Now Afraid Immigrant Kids Are Gang Members

State GOP has moved on from calling kids “disease carrying” at least.

Remember when Gov. Tom Corbett worried that immigrant kids coming north from drug-war-torn countries south of the border might bring diseases with them? Remember how he was really silly to think so?

Well that kind of “let’s needlessly panic the masses about immigrants” leadership just may end up looking like the good old days. Soon.

The Patriot-News reports that Pennsylvania Republicans are now expressing concern that these young immigrants are actually … gang members.

In a letter signed by 19 other Republican lawmakers, Representatives Tim Krieger (R-Delmont) and Rob Kauffman (R-Chambersburg) urged members of Congress from Pennsylvania to take action to protect public safety from any potential dangers stemming from the approximately 500 unaccompanied minors who have been given temporary shelter in Pennsylvania.

The lawmakers wrote that they are concerned that some of the children could be affiliated with criminal gangs.

“We are writing today to ask that you give serious consideration to this potential safety concern and that you take action to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth,” the letter says.

Maybe they’ve seen Bugsy Malone too many times.

In any case, as the Center for American Progress points out, “For much of the past decade, most of the children crossing the border were older males. But many of those arriving now are female and the average age is dropping: Children under age 10—and some much younger—are now making the dangerous journey from their homelands.”

We’re not saying that girls under 10 can’t be gang members: There are a lot of horrors in the world after all. We will say this: It’s unlikely that many of them are. And what’s more, Pennsylvania Republicans don’t have much reason to think they are. They’re just grasping at any anti-immigration straw they can think to pull.

The full letter can be found here.

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  • Enuf already

    Please stop polluting the waters with chum. Lets stick to the facts. They should never have been allowed to leave their own countries let alone enter here. Should immediately be sent back and any costs incurred deducted from monies given to their countries as its obviously not being spent on what its provided for. This is not fair to the country, its people, their families especially those who pay taxes. Not sustainable, we do not have the room, the resources, the jobs. With all the homeless vets and wounded warriors who need care…..seriously?! Both parties should stand together and do what they know is right and what’s needed. Send them back to their parents, families, shut the doors until we fix here.

  • Enuf already

    I’d also love to see a return to good, solid, thought provoking journalism instead of the slander, twist the facts, take things out of context, etc. Reps and media to get a b..bone and simply tell it like it is.

  • Thomas Peace

    MS 13 wishes the writer, Joel Mathis, a good day. They need “talented” writers to provide cover for their human and drug trafficking.