SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ABP, TAB) — Why would children risk their lives to try to cross over the United States border? To save their lives, Russell Moore explained. After a tour of two Texas facilities for migrant children, Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said July 23 that the young people he met were no different from the kind of kids one might meet in Sunday School. “One child talked about attacks, as it was called, being enacted upon them simply because of where they live,” Moore said. Contrary to the impression held by some that many of the unaccompanied minors flooding the border are teenage thugs, Moore described seeing “resilient young children and young people who were impressive in their resolve.” Asked what advice he would offer President Obama in advance of July 25 meetings with presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras about the border crisis, Moore replied: “I would advise him to tell these leaders that this is a moral crisis. This is not simply a political crisis. What is happening in these countries is immoral and as a Christian — as a follower of Jesus Christ — I believe that every person has dignity and every person has worth, and the assault on human dignity going on in the unchecked violence from these drug cartels in these countries is a moral disgrace.”
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