Friday, July 18, 2014

Why, as an Evangelical Christian, I Continue to Stand with Israel

In the summer of 1997, my two youngest brothers were attending seminars at BYU in order to earn their undergraduate degrees. I took a two week vacation from my job and went to Provo, Utah, to be with them and with my mother during that time. Stefan and Judah spent every day in school from morning till late afternoon, and so Mother and I had to find ways to entertain ourselves during those hours.

During that two week period, BYU was hosting an exhibit of the artifacts from Masada, which was on special loan to the campus via the BYU Jerusalem Cultural Center. The exhibit traveled under guard with posted signs that the 1997 trip was the first time that these artifacts had ever been in the United States.

As I went through the exhibit, I was amazed. We saw portions of the book of Isaiah contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls, pottery from the Holy Land, and artifacts which had been excavated from the fortress at Masada, where the last Jewish rebellion against the Roman government occurred about 66 A.D. The residents of Masada had lived in the fortress for five years, before they finally committed suicide to avoid capture and execution by the Roman army.

Cassette tape recorders were provided to each visitor so that we could tour the displays while listening to an explanation of each item that we saw. We saw replicas of Herod's palace and the last temple, artifacts left by the Roman soldiers, and shards of pottery and makeup brushes and brass mirrors left by the women who had lived at the fortress. When we came to a collection of very small clay lamps which were about the size of the palm of an adult hand, Mother motioned to me to turn off my tape recorder. "Look," she pointed. "This explains the parable that Jesus told about the ten virgins--five had enough oil for their lamps and the other five did not. This explains why the five with the oil could not share theirs with the others." I looked more closely at the lamps and saw what she meant--each little lamp was made like a nightlight with only enough supply of oil for one night. When we had finished talking I clicked my cassette recorder back on to hear the narrator explain, "These oil lamps would have been the ones referenced in the parable of the ten virgins."

Of all of the experiences I have enjoyed over the course of my life, seeing the artifacts from Masada is in the top 5. The exhibit was a profound reminder that the nation of Israel was completely gone for almost 2000 years. As the child of parents who were in the Jesus movement, I grew up in a house where the star of David was prominently featured, and I learned from my earliest youth that the Jewish people are precious to God. To see the belongings of these people who were exterminated and scattered by the Romans was a profound reminder of the struggles of the Jewish people throughout history and particularly the long struggles of Israel as a nation to maintain its sovereignty.

As evangelicals, we believe that Israel is a nation that has a special and unique history and an important future. We believe that the promise of God in Genesis to Abraham, "I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you and the entire world will be blessed because of you," extends to the entire nation of Israel. We also agree with Benjamin Netanyahu that the reestablishment of the nation of Israel May 16, 1948 was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and that it was God who re-established this nation as an independent state. Therefore, we reject statements such as the one made a few years ago by Henry Kissinger that within ten years the nation of Israel will cease to exist. We stand against Iran's anti-Israel rhetoric not only because it is racist and genocidal but also because it stands against the purposes of God.

Yet, today, I see so many even in the evangelical community who are faltering in their support for the nation of Israel.  In church on Sunday, the pastor asked us to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and went on to say that in times like these it is hard to tell "the good guys from the bad guys."  Not so!  There is no moral equivalency between a nation that fights in self-defense and distributes leaflets urging Palestinians to evacuate--as the IDF did this week before widening the assault on Gaza--versus a nation that begins conflict for the sole purpose of ethnic genocide.  When the Palestinian teen was killed in Israel, the Israelis investigated, discovered the identities of the murderers and began prosecution.  There was no such investigation from the Palestinian side when the three Israeli teenagers were murdered.  There is no moral equivalency--there is a clear choice between a jihadist blueprint for systematic murder and terror and a free democratic nation attempting to live in peace though surrounded by enemies.  Yet, as the church which is supposed to hold high the truth of God, we seem determined to abandon one of the most prominent truths of the both the Old and New Testament--the fact that God Himself established Israel and set her boundaries.

As the conflict continues between Israel and Gaza, we pray especially for the peace and safety of Israel.  We pray that God will guide their military efforts and protect this nation which is so dear to His heart.  And we pray for a speedy end to this conflict and for God to intercede in this situation so that the region can live in safety and so that Israel's neighbors will come to respect her national sovereignty and right to exist.

Abraham Lincoln said, "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." When we stand with the nation of Israel in friendship and military support, we are on God's side.  That's why, today, I stand with Israel.

Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me A Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Freedom Prayer

This week, Christian leaders across America have asked  millions of Christians all across this country to pray for America. Today, as we celebrate our independence, we need to remember that our freedom is a gift from God and it is only through returning to Him that we will be allowed to hold on to it. In that spirit, today I repost The Freedom Prayer:

“Lord we come to You tonight to ask for Your forgiveness. The Bible promises that when we seek You, we will find You, if we search with all our hearts.

"Lord we confess that we have not followed Your commands. We have not loved You with our whole hearts--we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not stood for the truth of Your Gospel. We have sat by and said nothing when Your name was blasphemed and mocked. We did not take a stand when we saw Your laws despised.

“We know that many times we ourselves have been among the worst offenders. We have lived sinful lives that are contrary to the word of God. Like Esau, we have traded away our birthright for a little convenience; we have despised this incredible gift of freedom that You provided for us and allowed all of the liberty that our country offered to be trampled down. We have forgotten the words of King David who said that it is better to fall into the hands of God than to be at the mercy of men, and so we now find ourselves living under the rule of a cruel and despotic government who has stolen everything from us and shows us no mercy.

“We know that everything that is happening to us is a result of our bad choices, both individually and as a nation. You gave us the gift of being born into a free nation—the greatest nation the world has ever seen. You gave us a form of government unlike any other that had ever been known by any other people, and we did not value it enough to defend it.

“For all of these things, Lord, we ask Your forgiveness. We pray tonight that You will change our hearts so that each of us will begin to love what You love, to hate what You hate and to want what You want. We ask You to save our nation, for we know that the Bible teaches that salvation belongs to our God—no political party, no ideology, no government can save us. If we don’t find salvation in You, we won’t find it at all.

“Please turn Your face to us again, and give us back our freedom, and restore our country so that we can truly be one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. We ask all these things in the name of Your son, Jesus. Amen.”

Alexandra Swann's novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The World's Most Presumptuous Job

As we celebrate our freedom this week, we need to always keep foremost in our minds that there are many who long to strip of us those freedoms.  I was reminded of that again today as I read a LinkedIn article about the man with the most "impossible job in the world."  That man, according to LinkedIn, is Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN.  As LinkedIn explains, he is a politician with no constituents who presides over 40,000 employees.  What LinkedIn did not say, is that the UN SG is basically the world's unelected paper dictator--spouting edicts and trying to change national laws and traditions without a "smidgen" of authority to do so.  "Impossible"--unfortunately not.  Maybe it should be better classified as the world's most presumptuous job..

Ban Ki-Moon's goals for his final two years as Secretary General include getting the world to work together to solve the problem of global climate change and creating gender parity between men and women.  He is working on the gender parity issue right there at the UN by promoting women. 

I have written extensively over the last two years about the UN campaign to get the developed nations of the world (mainly the U.S.) to embrace a Spartan, austere lifestyle which will bring us all into line with Agenda 21, the United Nation's environmental policy document adopted in 1992. Agenda 21 calls abolition of private property, single family home ownership and private transportation in favor of densely packed public housing, public transportation and collective ownership.  In the US. this is being heavily marketed to Americans using the buzz words "sustainability" "green" and "Smart".  Virtually every new program and initiative today features something "green".  No one is safe.  I was watching "Dora the Explorer" a few days ago with my six year old nephew and I was horrified to see that the entire episode was devoted to Dora and friends winning first place at the science fair with their green energy project.

In 2014, we are starting to feel the practical impacts of Agenda 21.  Obama's new EPA regulations will double electric rates by 2014.  These higher rates are essential to implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S.  When electric rates skyrocket, Americans will be more inclined to move into the small, densely packed housing that is needed for a sustainable future  With the cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline project, we will see higher gas prices.  High gas prices are also essential to the UN's goals.  Al Gore has publicly complained that Americans won't change their driving habits until gasoline is at least $6.00 a gallon.   No wonder the president would not authorize Keystone XL.

But wait--there's more.  The UN wants to stop "over-consumption of food" and actually devotes days of the year to encouraging people to eat less.  This initiative is the true basis of many of the First Lady's anti-obesity programs.  I wrote about how this will impact us in The Real Hunger Games.

This September, the UN will host a global climate change summit in New York City.  Ban Ki Moon sees this crusade to massively expand poverty and reduce our standard of living to that of a third world nation as his mission--his primary job.  Daniel Roth writes in LinkedIn, "The United Nations' goal is to make this whole world sustainable in social, economic and environmental ways."

Actually, Ban Ki Moon should crack open a history book.  The role of the UN after World War II was to prevent another World War.  That was the sole reason that this organization was established after the end of the Second World War--not to tell us how to live, where to live, what to eat or what to consume.  Looking back at the last  69 years I would say that they have basically done a dismal job.

The day after tomorrow we celebrate America's freedom.  Ban Ki-Moon's aggressive UN devoted to promoting climate change agendas is one of the greatest threats to freedom that our world has seen.  Let all patriots take note.
If you want to learn more about the United Nations' initiative Agenda 21, and what it could mean to the future and prosperity of our nation, watch this video:

Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby, Religious Freedom and the Fourth of July

The Hobby Lobby victory yesterday could not have been more appropriately timed.  On the last day of June, in a week that will end on Friday with the Fourth of July, the Green family learned that the federal government cannot violate their religious beliefs by forcing them to provide abortifacent contraceptives to their employees.  The victory was a victory for all people who value freedom, faith and conscience--it was the triumph of individual liberty over the collectivist machine that tells us what we can think, believe, value and promote.

As I tweeted yesterday, the Hobby Lobby victory would not have been possible in the first place if one family, the Green family of Oklahoma, had not been willing to take a stand for their personal convictions and fight an expensive and drawn out legal battle to defend their individual liberties.  As I tweeted yesterday, in doing so, they risked everything.  One liberal Twitter troll smirked in reply, "What exactly did they risk?"  Well, it's very simple, Mr. Troll.  The Green family risked their company.  They risked decades of work and sacrifice.  They risked annual fines of $475 million for refusing to comply with the mandate which would have become due and payable if SCOTUS had ruled against them.  They built a crafts business that has become a household name and for many a beloved shopping experience, and they risked closing the doors of that business so that they could take a stand on principle.  It would have been so much easier, so much cheaper, so much safer, to say, "It's the law.  There's nothing we can do.  We don't encourage people to get abortions.  We don't have abortions ourselves. But we can't fight this--the risk is just too great."  If they had taken that stance, today we would not be celebrating a huge affirmation of our fundamental principle of religious freedom.

As I wrote last year, I have never been a Hobby Lobby shopper, until very recently.  There was a Hobby Lobby store located reasonably close to my former office in El Paso, but I never went there.  I did not object to Hobby Lobby--I just never thought about them at all.  Then last year as we saw them in the thick of this battle to defend freedom, I promised myself that I would buy my holiday candles from them in 2013 and that I would continue to purchase my holiday candles every year that they remain open. As I wrote last year, it was an exceedingly small purchase, but the money I spent on candles went to them rather than elsewhere.  Now that I live in the Dallas Metroplex there are Hobby Lobby stores everywhere, including one close to my new home and my new office.  Every time I have passed the store in the last two months, I have remembered my commitment to purchase my candles from Hobby Lobby, and I have wondered whether the stores would still be open this fall.  Now I have my answer, and the Greens have my business, small or large, for as long as they remain open and committed to traditional, faith-based values.  It is the least I can do.

That this victory should come at the Fourth of July is significant.  When the 13 colonies first rebelled against Great Britain, they did so at great risk.  Taxation without representation was only one abuse by the British government.  The soldiers were stationed in the public square in Boston and their commanding officers frequently administered public floggings for small infractions.  Soldiers could be quartered in private homes without the consent of a home owner.  Printing presses that printed articles speaking against the crown or in opposition to British policies were routinely destroyed.  And yet, the penalty for insurrection was confiscation of property and death.  It would have been so much easier for the colonists to say, "There's nothing we can do.  The British empire is the most powerful government in the world.  We don't have the resources to win. We don't have the training; we don't have the army.  Whatever happens to us, we just have to endure.  We can't fight this--the risk is too great."  If they had taken that stance we would not have the Constitution or the Bill of Rights which guarantees Americans the very freedoms that had been trampled by Great Britain.  We would not have the United States of America or 1776.  We would not be celebrating our Independence Day--the Fourth of July.

Ronald Reagan famously said that freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.  We didn't inherit it from our parents and we don't pass it on in our bloodstream to our children.  Every generation must defend the attacks on freedom.  Defense of freedom always brings great risk.  It is always easier to say, "There's nothing we can do."  But the Green family reminds us that today, just as in 1776, when we stand up for freedom we can win--even if the odds against us seem tremendous.  If all that is needed for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing, the converse is also true:  Evil is vanquished when good people stand against it.

Happy Fourth of July.   

Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at

Friday, June 27, 2014

Henry Paulson's Newest Assault on America--The Global Carbon Tax

Former Treasury-Secretary Hank Paulson is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with America.  In 2006 he moved from his cushy Wall Street job at Goldman Sachs to his position as Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush and wondered aloud whether he could "make a difference."  Two years later, he presided over probably the most blatant example of crony capitalism in the history of our nation as he persuaded Congress to give billions in TARP funds to bail out Wall Street firms that had bet wrong in the financial sector.  The anger and frustration over the images of spoiled billionaires using the U.S. Treasury as their personal piggy banks was a huge part of the reason for Barack Obama's victory over John McCain in 2008.  Americans hoped that they had seen the last of the big government/big business partnership.  They were wrong.

Now Paulson is back with a new idea to annihilate the U.S. economy--a global carbon tax.  This is an old idea--it was part of the failed climate change bill that mercifully died in 2010 when conservative activists started the Tea Parties and ended the Pelosi Reign of Terror as Speaker of the House.  But Paulson is undeterred.  Under the guise of saving the planet, Paulson wants to tax us back into the Stone Ages, effectively completing his apparent mission as Secretary of the Treasury--to destroy the middle class and create a gulf so wide between the rich and poor that no one can cross it.

Paulson's latest scheme was outlined in an article he wrote Sunday for The New York Times.  He, along with Michael Bloomberg, the enemy of all freedom, and Tom Steyer, a liberal billionaire who has dedicated his time to lobbying against the Keystone Pipeline, are releasing their Risky Business Campaign  next Tuesday detailing ways that businesses can fight global warming and promoting the tax.

Al Gore proved that there are billions to be made in the "climate change" arena.  What many Americans have forgotten is that the Chicago Climate Exchange was ready to sell credits as part of the "cap and trade" piece of the 2010 Climate Change bill before public anger leading to the 2010 elections destroyed any hope for passage.  Now, apparently, Paulson and his buddies, emboldened by the Obama Administration's dedication to implementation of job-killing and economy-killing measures believe that they have a shot at passage of a tax that will allow them to exponentially grow their own personal fortunes on the backs of American taxpayers.  Sound familiar?

What is oddly ironic about this whole situation is that anyone, anywhere, would believe that Paulson would be the right spokesperson for anything.  His chief accomplishment in public life is presiding over the greatest economic crash since the 1920's--a fact that hardly inspires public trust.  And yet, Paulson points to his time as Treasury Secretary as his primary qualification for his new mission.  In his NY Times article, entitled, Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession, Paulson writes, "I was secretary of the Treasury when the credit bubble burst, so I think it’s fair to say that I know a little bit about risk, assessing outcomes and problem-solving."  Right on, Hank--we saw how you solved the problems in 2008 by playing a substantial role in crashing the U.S. economy.  Really, I think you've done enough.

The arrogance of leftist elites is matched only by their unbridled contempt for everyone who is not them.  But even Bloomberg and Co. should know that Hank Paulson's name is MUD with most Americans.  Whatever he's selling this time, we don't want any.

Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Pied Piper of Washington D.C.

Last week I wrote about the problem of immigrant children flooding the U.S.-Mexican border and the case of one two year old child--Adrian--who was brought by a presumed smuggler to the U.S. before being identified and returned to his mother in Durango, Mexico.

In just a week the situation has worsened significantly.  To put what is happening in perspective for my readers, I moved out of the El Paso, Texas area May 1, 2014.  Today, June 17, 2014, illegal immigrants are swarming into the city at a rate we have never seen before.  My brother, Chris, who has been an operations manager with a local broadcast network affiliate for over twenty years and whose wife is the news director at the same station, sent me this email on Friday afternoon.  I am reprinting it with his permission: 

Are you keeping up with the news on these immigrants flooding into the country? It is crazy here in El Paso,  We have bus loads of thousands of women and children who are coming up from Central America because they have heard that Obama is going to give their children amnesty.  This is what they have actually told our news teams when we go interview them.

Finding them is no problem, we just go to the bus terminals and they are standing there waiting to go into the interior.

So the Border Patrol is picking them up all over the Southwest border, busing them to El Paso, where they are being directed to these local organizations who are supposed to care for immigrants.  The folks who are supposed to be helping them are interviewing them, getting the names of anyone in the country who knows them and can put them up.  When they make contact with a family member or friend somewhere in the US, they help the immigrants get bus tickets and arrange for them to be picked up by their families in New York, or Washington, or where ever.  Before the Border Patrol releases them, they are given a court date and told they need to show up for it and are put into the system to have their case reviewed, which we are told will take several years to get around to because of backlogs.  Of course, there is nothing to force these people to show up for any hearings and there are literally thousands of them streaming in daily.
It is the craziest thing I have seen.  [DC] has literally opened the borders and we are swimming in them in El Paso.  Buses coming in everyday.


And then yesterday I received this email: 

Everything is the same here in El Paso  We are getting overrun by illegals. Yesterday the Feds flew a plane load of them to the EP airport and let them loose.  Lovely.


I am also hearing stories that many of these "kids" are seventeen or eighteen years old and are filling up the city. Reportedly they're hanging out in bands in retail parking lots begging for money.  An influx of jobless, parentless youth with no skills and minimal, if any, education, cannot end well for El Paso or for the U.S. as they continue to spread through the nation.

Driving this flood of illegal child immigrants are policies like "The Dream Act" which promise to give amnesty to the children of immigrants.  Of course, that promise was originally supposedly predicated on the concept that these children were the unintended victims of their parents' illegal behavior--they had no say in being brought to a nation that became the only country they had ever called home and it was, therefore, inhumane to deport them.  Now, however, we are seeing a flood of underage minors actively engaging in illegal immigration because they perceive that they have a free ticket to the U.S.  The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal spotlighted this issue today in an interview with a woman from Central America whose fifteen year old son chose to cross illegally into the U.S.  

Anybody left in the U.S. who has any illusions that policies that are fostering this influx of illegal immigration are humane needs to go back and read "The Pied Piper of Hamlin."  In the poem, the piper lures away the village children with promises of a lifetime of delicious food and fun only to take them into the heart of the mountain where they disappear and are never heard from again.  Likewise, the Obama Administration has become the Pied Piper of D.C., promising a glorious future it cannot possibly deliver.  At a time when our social service programs are financially strapped, over 100 million Americans are out of the workforce and a reported twenty percent of American households do not have one single family member who is working, the Obama Administration has led tens of thousands of young people to believe that they will find work and prosperity in this country.  In reality, with no education, poor English skills and limited opportunities, many will undoubtedly end up in crime or prostitution to survive. 

At its heart, the failure of the Obama Administration's immigration policies is the failure of all liberalism--which assumes that there will always be money and resources to pay for every program and to support every person.  It is the epic failure that stems from a government that refuses to follow the laws, that invites open immigration with no vision or plan for how to integrate the newcomers into our society.  It is the failure of a government that refuses to recognize that immigration should and must, like any other successful relationship, be mutually beneficial.  The immigrants must offer something to our society other than just their own needs.  Simply being young is not enough to make a person a desirable future citizen.

What is happening in El Paso and other border communities is a crisis and a tragedy.  But if we as a nation do not start dealing with this quickly it is a crisis that will not stay confined to the border.  Congress needs to take action immediately to do whatever it can to stop this flow of migrants before our whole nation begins to suffer from the overload and these children have to face a lifetime of bad consequences from having been lied to about life in the United States.
Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Putting a Face on Immigration Issues in Light of Eric Cantor's Historic Loss

What a difference a day makes!  In a stunning turn of events last night, Eric Cantor lost his primary to relatively-unknown challenger David Brat.  The Huffington Post, which yesterday led its email headlines with a smug banner reading, "Tea Party Facing Heavy Losses on Primary Day"  today led with a story asking Who the Heck Defeated Eric Cantor?

While everyone on both the right and the left tried to catch our collective breaths, pundits were immediately talking about the impact that Cantor's defeat will have on the future of immigration reform.  Fox News' Megyn Kelly speculated that Obama will use that famous pen and phone to act unilaterally, which is pretty much his consistent fallback plan every time he encounters any resistance. 

I think we can expect to see some executive orders, but the simple truth is that for all of his political posturing, Obama does not have the authority to rewrite the law as much as he would like.  The other truth, as I wrote yesterday, is that any executive order is a whole lot easier to get rid of than a law duly passed through Congress. So if we are going to see some action on this issue, it is better to have it be executive action than some massive piece of legislation amounting to a de facto amnesty to try to repeal down the road.

Whenever we talk about illegal immigration, we invariably hear a lot about "the children".  Conservatives and liberals tend to disagree about what we should do with children of illegal immigration. Eric Cantor's pro-illegal immigration statements certainly contributed to his loss yesterday.  Particularly, his statement about the U.S. wanting "the kids" sparked an outrage when we posted it on Facebook.  Only very recently have we begun to understand that the policies and statements of the Obama Administration are actually contributing to the very problem of illegal immigrant children.  There is an influx of illegal immigration among minor children prompted by their parents who are listening to our politicians and inferring that their children will get citizenship if they can just land on our soil.  The problem is growing exponentially, as we demonstrated in a poster yesterday on The Liberty Project:     

Proponents of the Dream Act, and any number of other initiatives to automatically grant citizenship to minor illegal aliens pretend that these proposals are based in compassion, but the truth is that they are leading to abuse, exploitation and abandonment of children on a scale we have not previously experienced.  Today, I want to put a face on these numbers--the face of one two-year old abandoned in the desert near Sunland Park, New Mexico on the night of Saturday December 6, 2013.

Border Patrol underground motion sensors detected foot steps in the desert area during the night of Saturday, December 6.  Agents who responded began following two sets of footprints and discovered the two-year old boy and a man who claimed to be his uncle hiding behind some brush.  When agents asked the man for his citizenship, the man fled back across the border abandoning the little boy. KVIA-TV (the local ABC News Affiliate) covered the story:

The little boy, who spoke only Spanish, identified himself as "Adrian".  Agents turned him over to the Las Cruces Police Department who then turned him over to child protective services.  

The case of "Adrian" was unusual even for our community because the child was so young. He was abandoned in a desert where temperatures are frequently below freezing at that time of year and lows in the low thirties are normal.  The stretch of desert between Anapra and Sunland Park, New Mexico, is a desolate area with relatively few inhabitants.  Packs of dogs and coyotes live in the desert along with poisonous snakes. The ways in which an unprotected toddler can die in such a place are almost too many to count. (Interestingly, in the KTSM story linked below, a resident of Anapra said that while she was very surprised to see a toddler abandoned there, she is accustomed to seeing children of six or seven years of age crossing the border alone.)

"Adrian" quickly became a top news story for the El Paso/Las Cruces/Juarez area as officials attempted to identify him and locate his family.  Due to intense coverage and photos that were circulated through official news outlets and social networking sites like Facebook, officials were able to locate his family within a few days.  Channel 9 News (the NBC affiliate) carried the story that through cooperation with the Mexican Consul, "Adrian"--whose name actually turned out to be Ruben, had been identified and would be reunited with his mother.  

Ruben's mother crossed the U.S-Mexico bridge to take her son back to Durango, Mexico.  She refused to answer any questions about how he arrived.  Authorities believe that the man who abandoned the child in the U.S. was a smuggler.  According to the reports, it is not unusual for smugglers to abandon children; it is also not unusual to hold them for ransom.  KVIA reporters were present for the reunion.

In many ways, "Adrian" was lucky.  Because he was so young, authorities made a concerted effort to track down his family and the amount of attention that the case received forced family members to come forward to claim him.

The story of "Adrian" is the natural outcome of the policies of an Administration that tells parents that their children can be used as human anchors to a land brimming with free social programs.  Far from compassionate, programs that encourage parents to abandon minor children and even infants to a foreign nation are in fact brutal and exploitative.  These government policies and programs are allowing parents to justify levels of abuse and neglect that would previously have been considered morally reprehensible.  

The next time you are discussing illegal immigration and someone tells you to "think of the children", show them a photo of "Adrian".  Then remind them that our government's misguided policies are not helping "the kids"; they are endangering their lives.

Alexandra Swann is the author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen and several other books. Her novel, The Planner, about an out of control, environmentally-driven federal government implementing Agenda 21, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For more information, visit her website at