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Final Word: Don't use abandoned migrants for political gain

The migrants being dropped off at the Phoenix Greyhound station sure is a sexy story.

For the past week, local media -- including us -- have been reporting about the migrant families, mostly women and children, who have been flown from Texas to Phoenix and released at the Greyhound station by the hundreds.

The state of Texas has been sending these migrants steadily over the course of meany years. The Phoenix New Times wrote Wednesday that it's only in the last few weeks that the story has gotten any attention because the numbers have skyrocketed.

The WHYs of this story are complicated, and deserve talking about too. But in the mean time, the outrage continues from sources you might NOT think about here in Arizona.

Since the implementation of SB 1070, Arizona has ben known as the state that shakes down illegals and shakes its finger at the president over immigration policy. Granted, the feds haven't done much to secure the border nor have the allowed Arizona to do any real policing either, but notice how the talking points have changed.

Republican leaders far and wide are criticizing the president for his immigration policies. Candidates for governor fought to be first to prove they have a heart and express humanitarian outrage.

Gov. Jan Brewer went so far as to write a letter detailing that "DHS has abandoned these individuals at bus stations without any food, water, or basic necessities." She reminds the president that it's hot here, and that the president needs to care for these immigrants.

Where will they go? What will they do? How dare the state of Texas just DUMP these poor people here?

Great questions, all of them.

But since when has the well-being of these immigrants ever been a concern?

Since now.

Since it gave us ammunition with which to shoot down a poorly thought-out immigration policy and DHS practice. Stop the disingenuous dialogue.

For God's sake, do something for the immigrants. Feed them, clothe them, give them shelter.

But don't do it to score political points.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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