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The Lie of the Migrant Caravan

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The Lie of the Migrant Caravan

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Over the course of the past two weeks, a migrant caravan from Latin America has swelled to an estimated 7,000 members with hopes of reaching the United States border. The group began in Honduras and traveled to Guatemala; they have since entered Mexico and are marching onward to Mexico City. The desired outcome for the majority of the migrants is to reach the U.S. border where they will claim asylum – that is, to seek protection from the U.S. in the form of residency because their home country is not safe to return to. As the group has grown in size, its media attention has grown as well, with notable politicians including Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke chiming in on the issue.

“As we speak, the Democratic Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country,” Trump said at a rally last Wednesday in Wisconsin. He has threatened to send up to 1,000 American soldiers to defend the border from the caravan from entering the country as well as stating that they will not be granted asylum. However, many on the other side of the aisle will not buy what Trump is selling. Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke deemed Trump’s comments a scare tactic to instill fear in voters before Midterm Elections.

But, for the most part, liberal support of the migrant caravan has been all smoke and mirrors. If the true goal of the caravan is to reach the border and claim asylum, why could this not be done in their original countries? Tegucigalpa, Guatemala City, Mexico City – each are cities with U.S. embassies in the respective original countries. The same request for asylum can be made in these embassies as at the border. Furthermore, there is no claim for asylum in the Latin American countries because, for the most part, there will not be an attempt to do so when they reach the United States. Instead, they will attempt to cross the border illegally. At this point, the caravan seems to be an attempt to skip the line of other hopeful immigrants – many of which live in Latin American countries under the same circumstances – that are attempting to endure the long process that is legal immigration.

The appearance of the migrant caravan further exacerbates the need for new immigration and even foreign policy within our country. We have spent up to an estimated $100 million on foreign aid this year to Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico, yet these countries are supporting a mass exodus of their citizens to our borders. Why is this aid given if the same governments are allowing the population to cross their own borders in an attempt to breach ours? There is a lack of responsibility maintained by the very Latin American governments that taxpayers help fund, and consequences must be felt.     

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