“The Heroic March of the Migrant”
Did I get your attention? As the group of people marching from Honduras to the U.S. border gets closer, we will probably start seeing many headlines like this. Each is meant to tug at your heart over the terrible conditions that these people are fleeing; or expose the heartlessness of Donald Trump and all Republicans because they are mean and say things like “national security,” “border enforcement” and “vetting process.” And hey, look at that… all of this just in time for the mid-term elections… what a coincidence.
At this moment, about 7,000 people is marching through Mexico on their way to the United States where they are planning to request refugee status. (The number shot up after they managed to cross into Mexico.) This “March of the Migrant,” as it’s being called, started in Honduras on Saturday, October 13th with about 1,300 people. They crossed the border of Guatemala on Monday, October 15th after a short standoff with police in riot gear and then they more than doubled in size. Mexico was unable to stop them despite their declared intentions of doing exactly that. They enlisting the aid of the U.N. to process the so-called asylum seekers. President Trump has vowed to use the U.S. military to close the U.S. border to prevent the illegal entry and is referring to this “March” as a national emergency. This began just days after Vice President Pence met with the leader of Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in an effort to reduce the recent up-tick in illegal migration from there to the United States.
Since the mass migration began, President Trump has said that, the United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to them, effective immediately!
The leftist in the U.S. media and American politics are ready to turn the page on their failed take-down of Justice Kavanaugh. They believe that they can win on the issue of illegal border crossers (after they run the topic through the P.C. spin machine and start calling them undocumented or asylum seekers). So, it seems reasonable to see this as a political stunt rather than a “desperate attempt to find a better life.”
But for those of those who are just a little left of center and may be considering joining the #walkaway movement here are a few things to ponder. (If you are even the least bit conservative you will most likely already have thought about these things.) Here in the U.S., Democrats, and leftist make political hay by painting this as a humanitarian issue. They “care” about the people so desperate for a better life that they are willing to break our laws to get here. But if they really cared about these people, then they should want a policy that would do the most good for the most people.
We, as a nation, should not have policies that promote endangering of people, especially children, promotes human trafficking, or puts U.S. citizens at risk by failing to vet people wanting to enter our nation. Instead, we should seek to promote personal safety, economic security, and law and order in all nations. What does the most good for the most people, promoting safety or the endangering of lives? The trip to and across the U.S. border is dangerous. The lives of each person making this journey (normally) are placed at risk as they face harsh conditions, lack of basic resources i.e. food, water, protection from the elements, and the general actions of so-called Coyotes (which we know on multiple occasions have led to rape, murder, and abandonment leading to death).
What does the most good for the most people, stopping human trafficking or encouraging it? This is a twofold issue. Part one, as long as people believe that they can live in “sanctuary” in the States, they will believe that it is worth the costs (and risks) to hire people to smuggle them across the border. If the people survive the trip, which is not a guarantee, they often end up owing those who smuggled them in more than they could pay up front, so they must work off that debt either in near slave-like conditions or by engaging in illicit activities like prostitution, drugs, etc.
Part two, children are being used as tools at the border to appear more sympathetic. Due to the practice of “Catch and Release” (not terminology I would have selected, but it’s what we call it), you are far more likely to be processed then turned loose if you have a child with you. This has led to an industry of buying children to be used for this purpose. Poor people, who often have multiple children, are offered what to them is a large sum of money and told that the child would be brought to the United States where they can have a life of sunshine and rainbows. Believing that this may be the best opportunity for their child and knowing that they will have more money than they are likely to see in their lifetimes otherwise, they sell their kids. (Our current policies encourage this.) So much for the leftist battle-cry of being for the children.
What does the most good for the most people, letting people illegally cross our border or helping to improve conditions in Central and South America (in their home)? It is human nature to look for the easy out. If you have a choice between a “hard way” that might not work and an “easy way” which would mean just going somewhere else, then it’s easy to see why a good many might choose just to pick up and seek greener pastures. However, the economies and corruption of governments in Central and South America cannot be repaired if no one is going to fight to fix things. That fight will be hard and possibly dangerous for some, but in the end, if they won’t fight for their homes then who will? If they all run away, then they need to leave will not end until they have all made their way out. The problem doesn’t get solved; it just becomes someone else’s problem.
What does the most good for the most people, knowing who is entering our country or just opening the gates? This a question that reaches past just those moving this way from the south but all who seek to enter our nation. Not everyone who wants to come here is simply looking for a safer life. Many are criminals seeking to escape justice at home or to expand their “territory” looking to make American citizens their victims. And with an eye toward Donald Trump’s executive order for a travel restriction (the media insisted on calling it a travel ban), not everyone seeking asylum is who they say they are.
The reason for immigration laws in the first place is to provide a way of verifying that the people coming here are people that we would want here. While most people looking to get away from violence at home may very well be exactly who they claim to be, we know for a fact that some are not. Some of those people are the very perpetrators of the violence the others are seeking to escape. If we don’t do a better job of vetting people wanting to come into the United States, then we have done no favors to the innocents we have allowed in because the violence of MS-13 or Islamic terrorists will have followed them. (Not to mention the fact that we have put American citizens at greater risk if the borders are just left open.)
The solutions to the problems that these people face at home are not simple ones. In fact, for some, it may very well take more than a generation to fix. But a good first step is for the United States to put into place policies that will discourage coming here, putting themselves at risk and feeding human trafficking as well as other illegal actions, to seek an easier path. We should be encouraging them to take the path that (is harder but does the most good) leads them to fight for their homes, fixing their issues, and finding peace and prosperity.
One last thing to ponder before I wrap up. Even if you read this and still believe that we should open the gates wide for all to come in without regard, I would ask you to consider this before voting this November (or ever again). Who really cares more about the people seeking a better life, those who want to see these mass migrants be safe and have fulfilling lives in their home countries or the politicians who want nothing more than to use them as a political prop?