Beauprez says Colorado shouldn’t house child migrants because of our “inland” location

(Babblin' Beauprez strikes again – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

“Both Ways” Bob Beauprez (right).

As reported by The Denver Post Wedneday, gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez told KNUS-radio yapper Peter Boyles that he would not allow young immigrants from poverty-stricken Central American countries to be housed anywhere in Colorado while they await deportation decisions.

But Beauprez's explanation for his young-migrant ban, which wasn't picked up by any news outlet that I can find, is just as newsworthy as his position itself:

BOYLES (Aug 27 at 5 minutes): We know that Hickenlooper has welcomed these illegal children who have come into this country.  Would you allow Colorado to continue to receive these, quote, undocumented whatever-they-are, fill-in-the-bland, no matter how old they are or how young they are. Would you stop that?

BEAUPREZ: They've got to stay on the border, Pete. They shouldn't even be allowed in the border, but to bring them this far inland makes it that much more difficult to send them back home.

BOYLES: Thank you!

BEAUPREZ: Yep. Done.

This far inland? I listened three times to make sure he said it. He did. Then I checked to see if these children ride on horseback to their deportation hearings, making it difficult to send them home from a inland location. They don't. They ride in modern planes and buses, some of which have been blocked by anti-immigrant protesters.

Transportation logistics are irrelevant to Boyles' agenda of ridding Colorado of immigrants, no matter how small or vulnerable. Or no matter the horror they've fled. He wants them out, and he's not scared to say that housing and caring for undocumented children isn't our job.

Yet Boyles didn't ask Beauprez for a real reason for banning child migrants from Colorado.

So we're left to speculate that Beauprez's thinking is probably along the lines of, someone else will be compassionate toward them, and it's messy for Colorado to chip in. And that's a charitable interpretation.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    The commercials playing out here in the 51st state claim that BWB "has a plan".  Really? Could someone tell me what it is? It may be the best kept secret in CO…

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    I hope BWB and all of those who support his views on child refugees don't dare call themselves Christians. 

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Perhaps PLB (ProLifeBob) missed this edition of the Denver Catholic Register?  The one thing he does appear to be scared of is one of these children slipping through the front entrance of his gated community.  These hypocrites are an embarrassment to the gospel of Christ.

      Last month, Pope Francis urged welcoming and protecting the children “as a first urgent measure,” but added that a humanitarian response is not enough, and that it should be “accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.”

      Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., a member of the Committee on Migration of the USCCB, urged communities and elected officials to set politics aside. He points out that Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala numbers four and five. He called these nations “failed states,” and those fleeing from those states “refugees.”

      “The current humanitarian crisis is a test of the moral character of our nation,” Bishop Taylor said in a statement. “This crisis should not be exploited as an opportunity for political posturing, but rather serve as a chance for bipartisan cooperation to humanely address this issue.”

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      "God is great, God is good
      He guards your neighborhood
      Though it's generally understood
      Not quite the way you would

      You try to take the slack
      Stay awake and watch His back
      But something happens every now and then
      And someone breaks into the promised land

      Ah, boy, boy
      This world is not your toy
      This world is long on hunger
      This world is short on joy "

                                   Jackson Browne     1986


      Are you listening, Bob?


  3. FrankUnderwood says:

    He’s trying to show he’s worthy of the coveted Tancredo endorsement.

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    When Peter Boyles approves of your immigration stance, it's a sign that you've given up on Latino voters – or maybe that you should.  Denver  has applied for Federal funds to house migrant children who are waiting to process their refugee statuses. Hick and Hancock are cautiously embracing the plan.

    Perhaps Bothways will join his fellow heartless Republicans Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn in protesting the decision to care for children – a photo-op at the Denver Family Crisis facility with these pillars of the community would sure help voters to know where these men stand – what the heck does "compassionate conservatism" or a "step by step process" on immigration actually mean, Representative Tipton? Does it mean telling a bunch of scared 6-12 year olds that you want them to go back to a place they are in danger of being murdered by gangs?. Maybe Boyles will even join them, or cover the event. 

    Since the kids are housed in a very Latino, very working-class area of Denver, within a community that can organize a counter-protest in a heartbeat,  it would be interesting to have said presser there.  I wouldn't want any actual children to be photographed with these three poseurs  (Beauprez, Tipton, and Lamborn) for the kid's sake. 


    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      I don't think it is "heartless" to return these kids to their home countries, unless there are provable relatives here. The USA; like it or not; can't solve all the world's problems; we can't take in every person who wants to be here; and we can't assume responsibilities for these countries and their problems of governance. We can help through entities like USAID and the Peace Corps, but it's ultimately not our problem.

      Having said that, I think Beauprez's reasoning for not bringing kids to Colorado is rather silly and inept. However, I don't refer him to as BWB. Some years ago; after some Republican conservationist colleagues and I met with then Rep. Beauprez after he got elected; to talk about some of our issues; I came up with a different moniker for him. He barely gave our conservative conservation issues even lip service; so he became "Blinky Bo Bo." 

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Republican Conservationists? These days can you hold your meetings in a cubicle?  Phone booths being pretty much no longer available?

        Personally I think young immigrants growing up to be contributing citizen workers and removing the cap on social security taxes would keep social security nice and solvent indefinitely. Same goes for an expanded Medicare universal healthcare package.  We could actually join the 21st century first world.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          "Can you hold your meetings in a cubicle?"  Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of us around, especially in the sportsmen (& women) community. But we don't get the attention that the perpetual nay-sayers get, like those on the far right who oppose any kind of reasonable firearms management and those on the far left who oppose fracking. Rep. Tipton from Colorado has a good wilderness bill in the House (Hermosa) and it has been marked up. But it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

          People ought to be asking Cory Gardner where he stands on the safeguarding of opportunities for outdoor recreation in Colorado, which relies heavily on a clean environment.

          Yes, it's nice to muse about young immigrants growing up to become productive citizens & to pay into the social security trust funds. But where is the line to be drawn at how many are allowed in and how do they get here?  

          Regards,   C.H.B.

  5. DawnPatrol says:

    Further proof that some folks actually are just as dumb as they look.

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