So I'm too busy getting ready for diocesan convention to have time to get irate about anything else (what with the airing-as-I-type-Obama-on-Afghanistan speech having already put me over my limit for the day!) but the Episcopal Cafe snagged me with this one:
Scrooged! Salvation Army won't give toys to non-citizen kids
The Dallas Morning News reports that some charities are checking parents' immigration status before giving the children toys for Christmas:
Several programs providing Christmas gifts for needy children are checking immigration status first, requiring at least one member of the household to be a U.S. citizen before handing over toys. The Salvation Army and a charity affiliated with the Houston Fire Department are asking for children's birth certificates or Social Security cards.
Cesar Espinoza, executive director of the advocacy group America for All, says such policies are unfair to kids who did nothing wrong.
"It is very disturbing to think a holiday like Christmas would be tainted with things like this," he said. "Usually, people target the adults because the adults made the decision to migrate, where the children are just brought through no fault of their own."