Beck to Donate to Illegal Immigrant Children: 'We're on the Edge of Losing Our Country'
Glenn Beck is heading south to McAllen, Texas where he hopes to provide some relief to the thousands of children being held at detention facilities as well as give food to local churches.
He told Bill O’Reilly that his charity has raised about $1.8 million. Donations of clothing, food and comforts like teddy bears and soccer balls have been coming in. He said that Americans have a “personal responsibility for mercy.”
There are currently about 57,000 children being held at detention centers across the Southwest. Homeland Security officials confirmed that some 40 illegal immigrants, including both adults and children, were returned to Honduras from a U.S. detention facility in New Mexico on Monday.
Beck added that the lack of U.S. border security and immigration reform has been a huge problem for some time and it’s a big reason why so many Americans, including himself, are “angry.”
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to solve anything if we don’t stop yelling at each other and if we don’t stop accusing each other of hatred and racism,” Beck said. “I really fear that we are on the edge of losing our country through this division if we don’t find ways to say ‘Look, we all love the children, we all feel the same way.” He added that he couldn’t imagine sending a child across the border on their own given the dangers of sex and drug trafficking.
Beck admitted that many in the far right have been critical of his decision to help the illegal immigrant children, but he remains determined to help.
"There are a lot of people that are very upset because they think I’m going to be encouraging people to come here and that’s not true,” he said. “It’s evil what’s happening to the children all the way around and then to have them being used for political purposes. I don’t care if it’s the left or the right that’s doing it. It is wrong, it is shameful, it’s un-American and it’s not the Christian thing to do."
Several congressional lawmakers have paid visits to U.S. border patrol centers since the crisis reached its peak last month, but President Obama has so far refused to go. Last week, Obama said he was “not interested in photo ops,” but met with Texas governor Rick Perry to address immigration reform. Gov. Perry suggested that the only way to stem the flow of illegal immigrants crossing the border is to call down National Guard troops to help protect the border.
“I think [Obama’s] definition of justice may be different from my definition of justice.” Beck said. “The government is to provide justice and it’s our job to provide mercy. I think the government is failing on justice."