The concerted, all-out media and left-wing and progressive onslaught against the present Administration's practice of separating newly-arrested parents from their children is nothing less than hypocrisy. Precisely the same policy was followed by the Obama administration, and before it by the Bush administration. It's nothing new. It's simply being used as a convenient emotional rallying cry by the forces arrayed against President Trump, who are determined to remove him at any cost.
However, it's also symptomatic of an underlying reality that not only won't go away - it's going to get worse. That reality is the state of the world as a whole.
If you look at where these illegal aliens are coming from, their native societies are riddled with corruption, graft, crime and violence. Consider these headlines (and follow the links if you're so inclined):
- Report: 2.5 Million People Murdered in Latin America Since 2000
- Mexico had its most homicides in decades in 2017 — and 2018 is off to a gruesome start
- Mexico Could Press Bribery Charges. It Just Hasn’t.
- In Guatemala, Culture of Violence is Legacy of Civil War
- Victims of Gang Violence Pile Up in Guatemala
- Why A Guatemala Justice Experiment Is Struggling To Survive
- Colombia's Rampant Corruption a Hot Topic in Presidential Vote
- Colombia’s emerald industry continues to be tied to violence and organized crime
- Violence Shocks Ecuador As Colombia's Woes Spread South
Those factors are having an inevitable, degrading effect on society as a whole. They absorb resources that should be going to education, health care, etc., but aren't - because governments are corrupt to begin with, and what's left after graft has to be devoted to security issues. This article summarizes the situation south of our borders very concisely.
The University of Costa Rica recently published a study entitled “Central America Torn,” which documented, through a survey, the reality of poor communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Roughly half of these young people between the ages of 14 and 24, are not enrolled in school. Of that total, 56 percent are females, while 44 percent are males.
More than half responded that they want to leave the country, with higher figures registered among Salvadorans (76%) and Hondurans (60%), according to AFP.
Having to deal with high levels of poverty, they often dream of migrating to another country to get away from the violence, gangs, lack of opportunity, as well as inadequate health care and education.
There's more at the link.
That's the fundamental reason why illegal aliens continue to stream towards, and into, the USA. They have nothing where they are. They want a life, a future. The only nation within reach of them that offers those things is . . . guess what? The United States!
Added to that, of course, are forces that decry the existence of national borders at all, and want to see free movement of peoples anywhere, anytime they please. George Soros has been accused of funding such groups all over the world, and there's strong evidence to suggest that he's doing so; but he's by no means the only one. All sorts of groups see advantage in allowing greater immigration, legal or otherwise. To name but a few well-known examples:
- Left-wing, progressive politicians see such immigrants as a ripe source of future votes, as they tend to support parties and individuals who pander to their needs;
- Religious groups (most particularly the Catholic Church, but not exclusively) see their numbers dwindling among the local populace. They know that many, if not most, of the illegal aliens heading this way are (at least nominally) members of their faith group; so, if they're allowed to stream in, they will automatically boost the numbers (and income, and influence) of those faith groups. (This is also why churches are disproportionately represented among immigrant aid groups. They're not doing it to help the immigrants so much as they're helping themselves.)
- Socialist and anti-capitalist forces see illegal immigration as a necessary driver for greater spending on social services and the "welfare state", which automatically furthers their interests as well.
There are many others who benefit from the flood of illegal aliens. All of those forces are doing their best to impede or shut down any and all efforts to control the situation.
The latest brouhaha over the separation of illegal aliens' children from their parents is just the latest move on the chessboard, appealing to emotion rather than fact. If it is allowed to succeed, it will become yet another wedge to drive into the cracks that are already wide open in our immigration policies and procedures. For that reason alone, we dare not let its proponents carry the day. We have to face facts, because their reality will ride roughshod over our feelings if we don't.
I think the Border Wall (yes, I've capitalized it) is not a bad start . . . but it's only a start. It has to be backed up with rigorous internal enforcement of the law, and external assistance to nations near us to improve their own situation, so that their people don't abandon them out of sheer desperation. That includes tying economic and other aid to progress in the fight against crime and corruption, and directing it through non-governmental channels in an effort to bypass and choke off official graft. There are many nations that won't allow that, of course; they regard it as the right of politicians and officials to milk their share of other peoples' largesse. That's going to have to change - how, I don't know, short of overthrowing governments and dealing with the worst offenders the hard way, but it has to change.
I think we also have to publicize the real cost to the USA of the illegal alien epidemic. They appear to cost this country at least $113 billion every year, and perhaps as much as $148 billion . . . and that's probably the tip of the iceberg. It also ignores the crime, violence and health issues that these immigrants bring with them. If you've been raised in an environment where such things are an everyday occurrence, you can't help but bring them with you. It's ingrained into your nature and your outlook on life. That's just the way it is. Read for yourself about the impact of gangs such as MS-13 on US schools and suburbs. Again, that's just the tip of the iceberg. It goes far deeper than that, as anyone familiar with US prisons will tell you.
The illegal alien invasion isn't new, and it isn't going to go away. It's going to be there for the rest of our lives, and our children's lives, and their children's lives. It's not a battle we can win once, and then ignore. It's going to be a daily drain on our attention and resources for generations. If we don't keep it under control, then we're going to end up in the same mess as the countries from which those illegal aliens are fleeing. That's the plain, simple, brutal reality of the situation.