Imagine if the entire population of Utah–man, woman, child–packed up and moved to another country. Or Iowa, or Nevada, or Arkansas. Imagine if everyone in Texas, New York, and California made up their minds to leave when and if they could afford it.
This is what’s happening to Guatemala and Honduras. They are all coming to America, illegally, as quickly as they can.
Since September 2018, over 1 percent of the populations of Guatemala and Honduras have entered the U.S.
Worse, 3% of the population of one Guatemalan county has crossed into the U.S., acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan told the 49th Washington Conference of the Americas tonight.Shock: Over 1% of Guatemala, Honduras entered US since September, Washington Examiner, May 7, 2019
That’s absolutely nuts. This isn’t immigration, it’s a wholesale invasion, a takeover. Even worse, it’s not going to get better as one in four Guatemalans intend to live here in America.
“That’s over 4 million Guatemalans who intend to migrate to the United States. Imagine if almost the entire population of the state of Western United States left the country. What kind of impact would that have on the economy, culture, and identity? What does that mean for future generations?” he added.
If we think that we have a border crisis now–the New York Times editorial board was forced to agree we do–imagine what it will be like in a year, or two years, when they start coming by the quarter million.
The New York Times reported in 2018 that migrants now pay up to $9,200 to smugglers to cross into the U.S. Imagine the little wealth obtained by the lower economic classes of Guatemala and Honduras being stored up to hand over to human traffickers, drug dealers, and criminal gangs in Mexico. Billions of dollars.
Then imagine the hundreds of thousands who arrive, destitute, hungry, and (some) sick, onto U.S. soil. For every one who makes it here, three or four more want to come and live here because they now have a relative in the U.S. This problem accelerates itself.
Imagine the flight of human labor, cash, and brain power leaving Guatemala and Honduras. All that will be left is the criminal gangs and the super rich elites.
Is America helping those nations, those people, by leaving our southern border undefended and porous? No. We’re feeding the gangs, making the very governments we rely on to help control immigration in Central America weaker, and creating an enormous humanitarian crisis both for them and for us.
Yet, Democrats, for thirty years, have resisted securing the border. They only make progress when they’ve got the White House and can attach border security to other domestic priorities, creating more regulation, taxes, and state-controlled segments of our society. Republicans are not innocent, either.
Because President Trump is in office, and his call for a southern border wall has been linked to his inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants (he’s called them rapists, among other things) other factless claims, Democrats and Trump cynics think they must oppose the wall to keep Trump from “winning.”
I don’t care what you think of Donald Trump, as President, or as a person. The lack of attention given to our southern border security, and the lack of serious barriers to enter the U.S. is not a problem of partisan politics. It’s a national tragedy and a shame, to America and to our southern neighbors.