The caravan of Central Americans marching through Mexico recently showed up at the U.S. border near San Diego, where according to news reports the arrivals are “taunting watchful U.S. authorities.” Pueblo Sin Fronteras, organizer of the caravan, portrays the Central Americans as legitimate refugees who deserve asylum in the United State and said in an online post that “the group of mothers and fathers” would wait “until CBP (Customs and Border Protection) is willing to follow the law and process their requests.”
So at this writing it’s something of a standoff, but the marchers have gained much free publicity from the old-line establishment media. Rodrigo Abeja, a Mexico-based organizer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told NBC news that the original caravan included “20 youths who identify as LGBT and about 400 women.” NBC did not interview any of the women or LBGT youths about their need to demand asylum in the United States.
Daniella Burgi-Palomino of the Latin American Working Group told NBC “People are not leaving for economic reasons or to take advantage of a system in the U.S. They have real valid claims of fear of returning to the country.” NBC simply accepted those claims uncritically and echoed the official description of the caravan as Viacrucis, the “Migrants Way of the Cross.” On the other hand, NBC provided little information on caravan organizers.
Officially, this is the project of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, whose website provides no founder, staff, board of directors or funders. “We are a collective of friends who decided to be in permanent solidarity with displaced peoples,” the site explains. “Our dream is to build solidarity among peoples and turn down border walls imposed by greed.”
Click on “Donate” and the site sends you to PayPal with the message “Send money to Pueblo.” Click on “Caravans” and you find the religious concept of Viacrucis paired with “Migrantes en la Lucha,” the language of political militancy. That was evident from the start.
“It is an organized attack on the American border by open borders activists, aided and abetted by Mexican authorities,” Rick Moran said on PJ Media as the caravan set forth. “This is not only a direct challenge to U.S. sovereignty, it could be considered an act of war. These illiterate, uneducated ‘international workers’ are simply pawns being used by the Mexican government and international migrant activists. They don’t like the new U.S. immigration policies and are trying to change them.”
As the bogus refugees taunted U.S. officials at the border this week, vice president Mike Pence said the migrants were being “exploited by open-border political activists and an agenda-driven media,” in a quest to “undermine our laws.” For President Trump, it was more evidence that, as he said, “we need a wall.”
For their part, the old-line media neglected a key back story. Some Central American parents have chosen to break up their families and put their minor children in the hands of human traffickers they don’t even know. Mexico has no problem with this massive act of child abuse, but the United States has no legal, moral or humanitarian reason to cooperate.
Not a single member of this caravan was invited to enter the United States. Likewise, no caravaner has any right to enter the United States, for good reason. U.S. officials have no knowledge of who these people are, and the United States has no obligation to heed Mexico-based Pueblo Sin Fronteras organizer Rodrigo Abeja, or any other foreign national.
If people fear violence or oppression in their country, it does not follow they should come and live in the United States. If LBGTQ youth have a tough time in Honduras, they can opt for Costa Rica, Panama, or Cuba, which has a dynamic new leader in Miguel Diaz-Canel. And the Spanish-speaking nation already features the kind of single-payer health care Democrats want for everyone.
The United Nations could also argue for placement in Spain, Argentina, Chile, or even Sweden. If Syrian Muslim refugees are acceptable, Honduran LBGTQ youths should also find a home there. After all, as Daniella Burgi-Palomino said, the refugees are not fleeing for economic reasons and not out to take advantage of any country.
Even so, the migrantes en la lucha are now the border taunting U.S. officials and demanding asylum. A ballpark figure for the number the USA should accept is zero. Meanwhile, for all its professed concern for justice, Pueblo Sin Fronteras has been rather quiet about recent events in Mexico.
In March, men in police uniforms abducted three film students, and the Mexican government claims that drug cartels killed them dissolved their bodies in acid. The PRI government made similar claims in 2014, when Mexican police opened fire on 43 students, who were never seen again.
Those students were en route to a protest of the Tlatelolco Massacre of October 2, 1968, when Mexican troops gunned down protesting students by the hundreds. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional regime has been covering it up ever since.
Mexico’s reactionary PRI regime violates U.S. sovereignty and empowers the migrantes en la lucha now at the border. We need a wall, tougher immigration laws, and more troops on the border.
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