By Rick Oltman, December 17, 2018
ICYMI, OMG, SMH, laughing all the way is how we can view the latest from the “Honduran Migrant Caravan” on the Mexican/U.S. border. Last week, a couple hundred people carrying El Salvador and Honduran flags and signs “marched” to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana and delivered a letter that “demanded” that the United States grant them entry to the U.S. or $50,000 each to return to their nation of origin.
Their letter, written in Spanish, to President Trump says as is translated, “… families, women and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forced to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America.”
Then, ironically, after blaming the U.S. for, “… the economic, political and military interference that this country has been exercising for more than 100 years in our country…” the letter writers then ask for U.S. interference to remove their dictator, “If you do not want our entry to U.S. territory we ask you to take Juan Orlando Hernandez and give us an amount of 50.000 US dollars, so that each of us can return to our country.”
This is ironic, ridiculous, ludicrous, and absurd. However, it does beg the question as to who and how many people and organizations are orchestrating this international farce, using the suffering and hopes of people living in dire circumstances to do … what?
Cartels and smugglers were paid by those transported. Who else benefits from this spectacle? Open borders advocates from within and without? Border security advocates blame the open borders crowd in America. Some in the lame stream media blamed President Trump declaring that it was orchestrated to help him during the November election. Some were hoping for violence, but the best they got was some teargas, and lots of questions about why parents would take their children to such a potentially dangerous event. Certainly, those who joined the caravan were told and were very hopeful that they would get into the United States.
One thing is for certain: the Mexican officials in Tijuana specifically, are fed up with this disaster that has resulted in hurting business, tourism, and closed local schools for three weeks. The decision was made by Tijuana officials to remove the migrants by force if necessary, but then rescinded at the behest of the clergy.
Two other things are certain: the U.S. is not going to give the migrants $50,000 to return home and this attempt to breach our borders will not succeed. A powerful deterrent message on illegal immigration will be sent to the whole world when this affair ends.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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