Over a month ago, it was reported that a caravan of around 1,000 people from Central America had crossed the border from Guatemala into Mexico heading north with the intention of entering the United States. There were photos of them on top of railroad cars on a train and the photos of them walking together through the streets of a town in southern Mexico.
Many of the illegal immigrants claim it is too dangerous to travel alone so they travel together in larger groups. Some report that when traveling alone, they are kidnapped, have their papers and belongings stolen and more. Hearing that the US Congress has been trying to pass a bill that would allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the country has prompted many of them to leave their homelands and make the trip north, hoping to get into the US and be allowed to stay.
About that time, President Donald Trump tweeted about the caravan and said he was going to ask Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to help stop the caravan from ever reaching the US border. In fact, Trump told Nieto that if Mexico didn’t stop the caravan before they reach the border that he would cut Mexico out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Such a move would be a financial disaster to Mexico, a nation already struggling with economic problems.
Earlier this month, Trump tweeted”
“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”
The mainstream media immediately attacked Trump for his harsh stand and threat. Believe it or not, some members of the mainstream media actually denied the existence of the caravan of illegal immigrants even though they were well documented and photographed.
Nieto responded by saying that his country would stop the caravan from continuing north and there were some early reports out of Mexico that said the caravan had been stopped and broken up and that many of the immigrants were being deported from Mexico.
All seemed well, until recent reports stating that the caravan, now down to about 500, had left Mexico City, traveling north to the US border. It appears that their target is Tijuana, which lies just south of the San Diego metropolitan area.
Supporters of the illegal immigrants say the US should allow them in since many say they want to ask for asylum in the US due to the harsh and dangerous conditions in their own country. Trump has called out a number of National Guard troops to help secure the border. That’s great, but under federal law, no military troops are allowed to act in a law enforcement capacity, so just how the National Guard troops will stop the caravan is yet unknown.
The question is, should the US grant them asylum?
Life in their home countries may be harsh and dangerous, but the United States cannot take in every person in the world living in harsh or dangerous conditions just because they ask for asylum. If we did, there would be more people in America than in China and it would result in the total economic collapse of our government, simply by trying to care for them. Jobs for American citizens would be much harder to find and many American families would end up losing their homes and more.
Look at the tons of problems that some European nations are experiencing by taking in thousands of refugees seeking asylum. Crime has soared and economy is suffering.
Once we let this group in, more and more of them will keep coming and it will be an endless cycle that we can’t afford.
America cannot be the asylum capital of the world and somewhere we have to draw the line and deny asylum seekers. It may sound harsh but America has to take care of America first. We already have thousands of people in our own country that are hungry, homeless, out of work and need our help. If we can’t take care of our own, how are we supposed to take care of everyone else’s problems?
The border needs to be sealed and the caravan of asylum seekers refused entry.