Once again, the eyes of Americans are drawn to our southern border as hundreds of people are heading there to try to enter our country. These potential immigrants are currently moving from Central America through Mexico, fleeing their homelands and requesting asylum.
At least, that’s what we’ve been told. The truth, as they say, it much more complicated.
Since both the Left and the Right have mischaracterized the migrant caravan, I can’t let either side slide on this. So, consider this a Bipartisan Lexicon Word of the Week.
What the Left thinks it means – poor souls who deserve to be let into our country to start better lives
What the Right things it means – poor people who are trying to invade America and take jobs from us
What it really means – poor souls being used as political pawns or trying to use our immigration system to their benefit
Let’s deal with a few facts here. First, the people currently traveling through Mexico are trying to escape conditions that make “Mad Max: Thunder Road” look like “Heidi.” This is not a healthy environment for cockroaches, let alone human beings. Let me put it this way. If moving to Mexico is an upgrade, your home country sucks. End of story.
Second, Mexico has extended asylum to the caravan, and the members have refused it. On top of that, some have been complaining about the charity they’ve gotten from the Mexican people, saying it wasn’t new or good enough for them. It’s gotten to the point even Mexicans are tired of the migrant caravan. One poll I read showed they had a 49% disapproval rating among Mexicans polled. If it goes any hire, Donald Trump might let them in so he can look good by comparison.
Third, not every person in the caravan wants asylum in the traditional sense. The normal process for asylum or amnesty is through official channels, such as an embassy, consulate, or at the border itself, and it must be crystal clear at the time those seeking it arrive at the aforementioned locations. If you rush the border, get knocked back, and then ask for asylum, that’s not the way to do it. However, that’s the way at least some members of the caravan (and their Leftist supporters) want it to happen, and it makes a mockery of the existing process in place that millions of legal immigrants have used to come here. If getting asylum is as easy as throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, you’re pretty much negating the need for borders. Which, by the way, is an idea in Leftist circles that has gained traction thanks to influence (and tons of money) from your pal and mine, Uncle George Soros.
Fourth, the media aren’t telling us the truth. Yeah, like that’s a shocker! The photos we see are often of women and children crying or otherwise being subjected to what we’re told is horrible conditions under the direction of that mean ole evil super-racist Donald Trump. I mean, he ordered the Border Patrol to shoot tear gas at those poor innocent migrants! That’s practically chemical warfare! And it’s exactly what the previous President, Barack Obama, did at least once a week on average since 2013. Furthermore, the majority of the people in the caravan aren’t women and children. They are…adult men. Hmmm…I seem to remember another group the media told us were totally peaceful women and children and turned out to be mostly men prone to violence. I wish I could remember who they were. Oh well, I’m sure they haven’t caused any trouble since migrating to various countries…
When it comes down to it, neither the Left nor the Right have taken the right approach to the migrant caravan. They aren’t all innocent, as evidenced by members of the caravan throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents, but they’re not all invaders. From what I’ve seen, unless the caravan has heavy artillery coming behind them, they aren’t in a position to invade an open bar, let alone America. We need to take the time to separate the good from the bad and make sure those who are legitimately seeking asylum here are given a chance to get it.
Here is my step-by-step guide to making that happen.
1) If they want asylum, they have to say it from the get-go. No ambiguity, no throw rocks, get knocked back by tear gas, and then say you want asylum. Call it the Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace approach.
2) For those who get past step 1, make sure to have all necessary personnel and logistics in place to process their requests quickly, yet thoroughly. If the asylum seeker’s story checks out, get them in here and under the care of those who will handle the next steps. If the story doesn’t check out, politely decline their request, give them a care package of some sort with food, water, and other supplies, and send them back. And no double-dipping!
3) Respond in kind where appropriate. Yes, I know rocks can be deadly, but for the most part they are non-lethal weapons. Tear gas is a bit much. Try something closer to bean bags or rubber bullets, stuff that won’t cause permanent damage but will be a reminder to behave around the Border Patrol.
4) Stand firm. Leftists are going to make hay out of this issue no matter what happens, so there is a temptation to give in a little bit to keep the heat off. The problem is if you give a Leftist an inch, they will take a light year and complain about it being too short. As long as the position taken can be defended from a policy, logical, and ethical standpoint, stick with it. And, if you want to throw in an extra twist, ask the Leftists to come up with a better plan. They’ll scatter faster than high schoolers at a keg raid.
These are simple short term steps that will hopefully become long term solutions, but they are needed more than ever. The migrant caravan now may turn into a wave of immigrants later, which is exactly what the Left wants because it satisfies two of their main goals: overwhelming the current system to the point it collapses, and a constant stream of voters for Leftist policies. The best way to curtail that is to figure out how to address the problem and stick with it. But until we come up with a solution, let’s not pretend the caravan is squeaky clean or black-hearted until we get more facts. A great man once said, “Trust, but verify.”
And that man…was my Uncle Steve. And now you know the rest of the story. Good day!