By Allan Wall, April 30, 2021
According to the standard “narrative” presented by the Open Borders Lobby and the Mainstream Media (do I repeat myself?), opening up our borders is the compassionate thing to do.
It’s thought to be compassionate to invite in hordes of poverty-stricken folks from Latin America (and elsewhere), and if you’re against that, you’re just a bad person.
The media “Moral High Ground” is thus claimed by the Open Borders Camp.
I would suggest, on the contrary, that those of us who support a more restrictive border are supporting a more compassionate policy. That’s because mass continental immigration is a humanitarian disaster.
Central Americans (and others) travel all the way across Mexico, encountering all sorts of hardships and dangers. Mexico is a very dangerous country nowadays, and non-Mexican migrants are subject to robbery, rape, kidnapping, and murder.
Though he doesn’t get credit for it from the Mainstream Media, previous President Donald Trump actually improved the situation.
Utilizing several policies including pressure on Mexico and the Remain in Mexico policy, and coronavirus restrictions on the border, the Trump Administration greatly improved the situation.
Now, however, the Biden Administration is going back to the pre-Trump period, and maybe worse.
So how are all those Central Americans passing through Mexico doing?
El Universal, Mexico’s paper of record, recently reported that “Crimes against migrants shot up 70% during the first trimester of 2021 in comparison with the same period of the previous year” [my translation].
The first trimester, you might have noticed, mostly matches up with the new Biden Administration. Biden became president on January 20th, but even before January 20th, it was already being proclaimed in the region that the U.S. border under Biden was going to be more open.
The Mexican paper Milenio reported a case occurring in April, which wouldn’t even have been included in the report of the first trimester.
From Milenio [my translation]: “This morning [April 20], two Honduran migrants were shot and murdered and three more were wounded, attacked by two men who robbed them in … Tabasco state. According to information provided by municipal police, the attack occurred at 8:20 a.m., when five undocumented Hondurans were walking over a railroad track and were surprised by two presumed criminals on a motorcycle. [Mueren dos migrantes y tres más resultan heridos tras ser asaltados en Tabasco (“Two Migrants Die and Three Wounded After Being Assaulted in Tabasco”), by Manuel Lopez, Milenio, April 20, 2021].
The article reports that the Central Americans initially escaped from their attackers, but were pursued and eventually shot. Two died.
Where were they heading? “ … [T]he five Central Americans were heading to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, to take a train and continue their journey to the United States.”
It looks like these Central Americans were Biden invitees.
If they’d stayed in Honduras, two of them might still be alive today.
And this is only one of many lamentable incidents.
Latin Americans follow U.S. immigration policy and developments closely. Many Latin Americans know more about U.S. immigration policy than many Americans do.
So when it’s publicized in Latin America that the U.S. border is opening up, or that U.S. immigration policy is getting less strict, or there is going to be an amnesty, or anything like that, many people decide to head north.
Our government is creating a great moral hazard for foreigners, who decide to take imprudent actions and risk their lives so they can get to the United States.
What they need is tough love – we shouldn’t be encouraging this sort of activity.
If you want to help poor folks in Central America, or anywhere, help them there. Your dollars actually go further there, and you cause less social chaos.
On the other hand, if your goal is not to help Latin Americans, but to transform the United States and help one party achieve hegemony over the system, then the sort of social chaos going on now would fit perfectly.
So let’s not pretend that the Open Borders Camp has the “Moral High Ground” in all this. The Biden Border Rush makes the whole continent more insecure.
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