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Children Of Immigrants Receive Scrooge For Christmas. The Tennessean Reports Charities Discriminate Against The Children Of Immigrants Even Though They Are Citizens.

Immigrants are usually the scapegoats of bad economic policy and have been exploited through the fear generated against others (and pushed for political reasons by those in government and certain media since 2001) but did you know programs to help needy children have a nice Christmas denies children of immigrants that chance? The Tennessean reporting on its Nashville area charities explored this practice on December 13th. The children, though citizens with their own social security numbers, are denied because of their parents’ status of not having one. The policy, however, goes back dozens of years, not due to recent hatred. It is a process where Toys For Tots, Angel Tree, and others, for example, track the gifts to make sure they go to local children. However, wouldn’t it be nicer to revisit the rules since these children are local and are US citizens? The child’s number should be enough, shouldn’t it?

“It saddens me because I was hopeful for my little girl,” Lara said. “Initially, I was told because she was born here that she qualified. Then they called me telling me she won’t get the toy.”

Angel Tree and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots, two of the nation’s largest holiday gift programs, require parents to produce Social Security numbers for themselves and their children, along with proof of income and personal identification. The local leader of one group said such policies protect the programs from fraud and satisfy donors who want to be sure only local families are being helped.

But the result is that children, some of them U.S. citizens, are excluded because of immigration decisions beyond their control.

“It makes you wonder how many thousands of children here in Nashville, who were born here and live here, don’t have Christmas because this is the way these programs work,” said Melissa Garcia, a Nashville mother who discovered the program rules this year when she applied.

If you can find it in your heart, give such a child a gift in these hard times so they can have a Merry Christmas too.

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