Here is “ground truth” on the latest immigration crisis, governing law and what should be done about it. Bottom line: The President is right, “caravans” should be stopped, American law matters.
Thousands of foreign nationals (in “caravans”) are headed here from Central America. Their goal, gain asylum in America. Despite empathy among Americans, there is no “get into America free” card. Never has been.
We are a country of laws. Saying so boldly does not make you a racist, xenophobe, bigot, or promotor of inhumanity.
Quite the reverse – those who defend fidelity to rule of law, original understandings of our Constitution and statutes, are preserving health and safety of Americans citizens, modeling rule of law for foreign nationals.
Legal, factual and testimonial factors define whether a person gets asylum in America. We are a nation built on legal, naturalized and assimilated immigrants, who proudly call themselves Americans. We generally oppose illegal immigration.
Absent law enforcement, America would not be the beacon we are. No one in their right mind believes a world without borders or laws would be desirable. Those who do, even in jest, ignore inexorable consequences of such a policy.
Absent enforcement of immigration laws, the world’s impoverished nations would overwhelm America. There would be no America, no limits on immigration, no assimilation, and no order – let alone prosperity, to share with the world.
Our streets would be awash in a billion fleeing Venezuelans, Syrians, Yemeni, Somali, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Afghan, Russian, Lao, you-name-it economic opportunity aspirants.
How odd that mainstream media – caught up in midterms – overplayed their hand, attacking a president for calling “caravans” with tens of thousands of aspiring law breakers something like an impending “invasion.” If your house was on the border, might you not feel that way? Do they condemn him for making our porous border sound, enforcing our laws, deterring what seems a lawless mob?
Media anchors, living in gated communities have the gall to say that he is off the mark. What constitution are they reading? What American citizens are they defending? What planet do they live on? Americans are empathetic, but no civilized nation on Earth abandon borders, or operates without rules for entry.
Who gets refuge, then? An individual who proves objectively a “well-founded fear of persecution” in their home country.
Unpack that – and apply the standard to these “caravans.” We do not admit groups as groups. Asylum requests are individual, must be proven individually – meaning each person must have a unique basis for believing they are targeted.
The vast majority of asylum requests are false. We do not knowingly grant asylum to hardened criminals, or those who participate in criminality. We do not grant asylum to those who wish a better life, or want access to welfare.
We do not grant asylum to a nationality because they hail from a poor country, suffer corrupt governments, or feel unsafe as citizens due to violence, disease, depression or disappointment. Think with me: Can you imagine if we did?
There is more: “There is a presumption persons fleeing persecution will seek protection at the first opportunity… or first country they reach.” Here, that is Mexico. If they did not seek asylum there, scales tip. They are unlikely to get asylum.
Why? If you fear life in country A, escape to country B, then shoot for country C, you are no longer escaping country A, just angling for country C. Asylum is denied.
Moreover, the “burden of proof is on the applicant” to show they are suffering likely persecution based on “race, religion, nationality… social group or political opinion,” effectively being “singled out.” If not, no go. Caravan membership does not cut it.
If you fear persecution, but that fear is purely subjective – asylum denied. And then there are the refugee number ceilings, regional limits, usually quickly filled in a year. ‘
So chances are not good for the caravan. What should be done? Five things.
First, Mexico should immediately stop these caravans. Tend to the sick, sad, deceived and unruly mass of humanity headed for us – before they arrive. That is what allies do.
Second, countries from which the migrants originated should be pressed to accept them back, no persecution. If they accept human rights accords, we will work with them to firm up rule of law, seed development, help them import our ideals, stop exporting their people.
Third, US politicians should stop all the chicanery. Unify in upholding US laws and borders. The notion that some American politicians think there is political gain in undermining our laws, endangering our health and safety, is both incorrigible and dishonorable. They should be held to account.
Fourth, politicians who defend undermining federal laws, blocking US law enforcement from protecting American citizens in “sanctuary cities” – where illegal aliens have license to commit immigration, drug and other crimes, should be turned out of office.
Finally, yes, all presidents of the past half century have placed military, at one time or another, on our southern border. Some focused on support to immigration enforcement, others drug enforcement. The president is well within his rights to place a clear military deterrent on our southern border, reinforcing outnumbered US law enforcement, preserving our border, making real our laws.
That is ground truth, nothing emotional, nothing whipsawed by electioneering, no media marketing of outrage. Just facts, law and what most knew before they read this piece. Now, let’s vote.