Let’s play a game of “Fantasy Or Reality”. I’ll offer up a scenario and you, dear reader, will decide if it really happened or whether I’m just spinning a fanciful tale.
Here we go.
The United States once accepted thousands of unaccompanied minors from Latin America and provided shelter and care in over 100 cities in 35 States for them. The children were never once packed into holding pens or cages but instead were placed in foster homes and group homes and given humane treatment and care.
This great Union of States survived the influx of these undocumented children and a large majority of them went on to become productive and successful U.S. citizens; actual living and breathing examples of the “American Dream”.
Is this the real life or is this just fantasy? (Apologies to Queen and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I couldn’t resist.)
Considering all the angry protests and vein-throbbing punditry decrying the horrors these children currently crossing the border will supposedly inflict on us unsuspecting Americanos, I couldn’t fault any of you for thinking I was caught up in some sort of psychedelic acid trip.
Nope, not this time!
My idyllic description of how young refugees were once treated on their arrival into the good old U. S. of A. is 100% truth.
For this episode we are joined by Tony Hernandez, the co-founder and executive producer of the Immigrant Archive Project, an independent national initiative dedicated to honoring and preserving the life stories of Americaʼs diverse immigrant population.
We discuss the surge of unaccompanied, undocumented minors coming into the country and the parallels and stark differences between this influx and Operation Pedro Pan which I described in our game of “Fantasy Or Reality”.
Also on the show we indulge in a little Fantasy Television Programming by pitching great new show ideas for the suddenly media stunt happy news anchor, Jorge Ramos.
And don’t miss the debut of a semi-regular segment where we select our favorite offensive and racist social media posts. Hate has never been more fun!