Migrant children being separated from their parents on the Mexican border breaks my heart. They didn't break any laws. They are kids. As a child immigrant myself in 1980, I simply can't imagine being without my mom during that time. It would have been an extremely traumatic experience.
So what should we do with these precious 2654 migrant children?
Why take them to Disney World of course!
Crazy, right? I heard my friends say right away: "It costs money, Thomas!"
They're right. In fact, I even changed my mind about the concept of money I discussed just a few days ago. Money can absolutely be beneficial here. But before I go through the financial figures, let's talk briefly about intangible benefits.
When I first arrived in America, everyone was so nice and welcoming. When I say everyone, I meant everyone. I want the same for all migrant children. What says "Welcome to America!" more than taking them to Disney World?
While they wait to be reunited with their parents, and instead of being cramped in a detention center, we can try to give them a more cheerful experience. Their first memories of America would be more positive. We can do this because we are AmeriCAN and because America is truly a great nation.
Now the cost of the Disney World trip.
I don't want to go cheap on our dear children. I want the best for them. I want Money Magazine's deluxe package at Disney World:
Deluxe Disney World vacation for a family of four for four days/nights, according to Money Magazine:
Plane tickets: $1,400
Souvenirs & Extras: $800
The total bill is $6,489,694 for all 2654 migrant children for four days. This comes out to $611 per child per day.
So there you have it. It's not cheap but a great philanthropic project for those inclined.
But I'm not done. When we bring the children to Disney World, we don't need the detention centers anymore. What is it costing the US government to detain migrant children?
According to an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, the housing costs $775 per child per day! That's definitely more than $611 per day at Disney World. For the same four days, the US government is spending $8,227,400.
Therefore, my Disney World idea would SAVE tax payers $1,737,706 every four days.
And when the Department of Health and Human Services say "housing," they meant tents. Tents aren't anywhere close to being as nice as the Grand Floridian hotel that I suggest the children stay at.
Hopefully, I have convinced you that my idea of taking migrant kids to Disney World isn't as crazy as it sounds. Because in comparison, what we are actually doing to them is even crazier. ☮