Headlines have been written proclaiming that a “caravan of migrants” is heading for the U.S./Mexican border. Sometimes the people who are heading north through Central America are referred to as “refugees” or “immigrants.”
Those terms are designed to downplay the threat that these individuals pose and assuage the fears that this may understandably engender in Americans. Words do matter.
In point of fact, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) defines an alien simply as being, “Any person, not a citizen or national of the United States.”
There is no insult in the term “alien” or in its definition, but there is clarity. The obvious goal of the radical Left is to obfuscate the truth through Orwellian use of language that has been mis-portrayed as “political correctness.”
Shortly after President Trump was elected I wrote about this intentional misuse of language in my article, The Left’s Orwellian Tactics.
Remarkably, the radical Left had no problem using the term “alien” when they needed a word that began with the letter “A” for the DREAM Act, an acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.
While we are on the topic of words, perhaps the term "invasion" should be substituted for "caravan."
Invasion is defined, in part, as an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity or an unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.
It is therefore important to note that Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides:
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
Furthermore, the mainstream media has blithely ignored a fact that was reported upon on October 18, 2018 by Judicial Watch:
This eye-opening report began with this sentence:
In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation.
Now the growing mob of aspiring illegal aliens is heading to the United States, purportedly to seek political asylum here. When interviewed by reporters, some of these people have claimed that they were living in poverty and wanted better opportunities in the United States, while others talked about their fear of violence in their home countries.
They have undoubtedly been encouraged by the leadership of the Democrat Party which treats illegal aliens with reverence while castigating ICE agents who routinely go in harm’s way to investigate and arrest aliens engaged in criminal activities in the U.S. Certainly, demands made by the leaders of the Democrat Party that ICE be disbanded altogether and all interior enforcement of our immigration laws be terminated are music to the ears of these aliens.
Sanctuary cities beckon illegal aliens and the criminals, gang members, fugitives and terrorists among them, encouraging them and inducing them to head for the United States and claim “asylum.”
However, when an individual flees his/her native country seeking asylum, they are supposed to apply for asylum in the first country that they enter. Hondurans entering Guatemala, for example, should apply for asylum in Guatemala. Furthermore, asylum claims are supposed to be solely based on the applicant demonstrating a “credible fear” that he/she faces persecution or worse, because of their race, religion, political views or other such factors.
Fleeing general violence in their home countries or seeking economic opportunities not available there are not considered grounds for asylum.
On June 11, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions laid out his concerns about the misuse of Political Asylum in prepared remarks he delivered when he addressed the Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Training Program.
Here is an important excerpt:
The asylum system is being abused to the detriment of the rule of law, sound public policy, and public safety— and to the detriment of people with just claims. Saying a few simple words—claiming a fear of return—is now transforming a straightforward arrest for illegal entry and immediate return into a prolonged legal process, where an alien may be released from custody into the United States and possibly never show up for an immigration hearing. This is a large part of what has been accurately called, “catch and release”.
Beginning in 2009, more and more aliens who passed an initial USCIS credible fear review were released from custody into the United States pending a full hearing. Powerful incentives were created for aliens to come here illegally and claim a fear of return. In effect, word spread that by asserting this fear, they could remain in the United States one way or the other. Far too often, that rumor proved to be true.
Attorney General Sessions noted that while the number of illegal entrants increased dramatically and with that increase the number of credible fears claims skyrocketed, the percentage of claims approved by Immigration Judges declined.
He went on to state that for the last five years only 20 percent of claims were found to be valid by Immigration Judges.
Here is another important quote from his statement:
Further illustrating this point, in 2009, DHS conducted more than 5,000 credible fear reviews. By 2016, only seven years later, that number had increased to 94,000. The number of these aliens placed in immigration court proceedings went from fewer than 4,000 to more than 73,000 by 2016—nearly a 19-fold increase—overwhelming the system and leaving legitimate claims buried.
The overwhelmed immigration system suffers a lack of integrity. This means that criminals and terrorists are less likely to be discovered, thus threatening national security and public safety.
The official report, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel - Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States included this quote:
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
My article, Congressional Hearing: Iranian Sleeper Cells Threaten U.S. focused on a hearing conducted on April 17, 2018 by the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, on the topic, "State Sponsors Of Terrorism: An Examination Of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network."
My article included an excerpt of the prepared testimony of one of the witnesses, Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:
In recent years, Hezbollah’s Latin American networks have also increasingly cooperated with violent drug cartels and criminal syndicates, often with the assistance of local corrupt political elites. Cooperation includes laundering of drug money; arranging multi-ton shipments of cocaine to the United States and Europe; and directly distributing and selling illicit substances to distant markets. Proceeds from these activities finance Hezbollah’s arms procurement; its terror activities overseas; its hold on Lebanon’s political system; and its efforts, both in Lebanon and overseas, to keep Shi’a communities loyal to its cause and complicit in its endeavors.
This toxic crime-terror nexus is fueling both the rising threat of global jihadism and the collapse of law and order across Latin America that is helping drive drugs and people northward into the United States. It is sustaining Hezbollah’s growing financial needs. It is helping Iran and Hezbollah consolidate a local constituency in multiple countries across Latin America. It is thus facilitating their efforts to build safe havens for terrorists and a continent-wide terror infrastructure that they could use to strike U.S. targets.
My April 19, 2018 article, Jihadis And Drug Cartel At Our Border, was predicated by a previous caravan of aspiring illegal aliens heading to the United States through Latin America.
In it, I provided the link to a report about the terror threat presented by terror training camps that are located in the Tri-Border Region of Brazil. The paper Islamist Terrorist Threat in the Tri-Border Region was published by Jeffrey Fields, Research Associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
After the terror attacks of 9/11 there was no shortage of politicians, including Democrats, who demanded to know, “Why didn’t anyone connect the dots?”
The dots have all been well-connected but today, the agenda of the globalists and the crazed radical Left take priority over national security and public safety and commonsense.
The globalists and the immigration anarchists are playing the “compassion card” insisting that America demonstrate compassion in dealing with massive numbers of illegal aliens -- whose identities and backgrounds cannot be verified and who therefore pose a threat to the safety and well-being of America and Americans.
Simply stated, suicide is not an act of compassion.