“This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcome and protected,” said Pope Francis in a message about the large number of unaccompanied children seeking safety from the violence of their Central American homes.[i]
The concept that people seek safety and security did not start when the media noticed the children crossing the border or when one government or another failed to solve a problem.
Survival is as basic a human instinct as it gets.
Migration to find protection from danger is a fundamental concept. Globalization, says the Pope, has accelerated the process but it certainly didn’t create it.
So why are so many voices demanding a solution to some portion of the migration crisis before we help the children?
One of the most common openings in the debate about helping unaccompanied minors goes something like this: “Yes, we need to help the children, but first we must...” There follows various political posturing. We have heard it all before.