Are the children refugees or illegal immigrants?

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As a Republican Gang of Four complained that President Obama wouldn’t visit our porous border with Mexico, they simultaneously accused him of “lawlessness”—get this, for enforcing a 2008 law that had overwhelming bipartisan support.

To these callous conservatives, children in search of safety are “illegal immigrants” when in fact many of them arguably meet this dictionary definition* if not the United Nations definition of “refugee”:

one that flees; especially :  a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.

They play politics with words, as usual, while they should be helping find solutions of substance. So much for the idea of lifting a lamp by the golden door.


* “Refugee.” Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 11 July 2014.