Origins of the Current Border Crisis

By the Price of Business Show, Media Partner of  USDR.

It is odd, just a couple of months ago there was near around the clock coverage of a migration that began in Central America in the dozens, then hundreds, and now in the thousands.  Then there seemed to be a period of near silence, and the next thing you know we have the crisis that has taken place in the border with  Mexico.

If you watch news coverage about the situation, one would think this has always been the case, or the “zero tolerance” policy of the Trump Administration is just the latest chapter in immigration (and a terrible one at that).  In other words, the problems at the border are being treated as in a vacuum, but it is part of a much larger immigration  problem.

VOA recently  reported:

“The U.N. refugee agency expresses alarm at what it says is a significant increase in the number of people fleeing violence and persecution in Honduras, Guatemala and El  Salvador.

“The agency reports more than 294,000 asylum seekers and refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador were forced to flee their homes in 2017, a 58 percent increase from the previous  year.

“It says the vast majority have fled to Belize, Mexico, and the United States, and increasingly to Costa Rica and Panama in search of refugee  protection.”

Many countries in the world would treat such a mass movement of people like an invasion.  It is only because Mexico (and other countries to its south) knew these migrants were ultimately heading to the US that they allowed them to continually come through.  They were passing the problem of a mass migration of illegal immigrants to the   US.

Recently USDR Editor in Chief and Host of the Nationally Syndicated show, the Price of Business, discussed the crisis at the border on his radio  show. Here that interview  below:

For many years the US has had a flimsy approach of letting migrants in and sorting them out later.  That approach never worked and is now particularly dangerous when looking at almost 300,000 heading to the United States in one year alone.  It made zero sense to allow an influx of individuals in and then sorting the situation out later.  That only gave people an incentive to illegally head to the  US.

Although the current policy must change — there has to be a way of stop them from entering without separating the families — there needed to be a deterrent to the continued mass movement of people towards US borders.  If the US allowed this massive influx of immigrants, it certainly would have encouraged others throughout the region to make a similar dangerous migration.  The movement of illegals through Central America to the US is the culmination of stories of death, danger, kidnapping, sex trade, and other horrors.  Yet, it is obvious that we could have had the same impact, without the separation   policy.

In the end, with all of the anger about the President’s policy, the American people and the media have to acknowledge that this was one of the major policies proposed by candidate Trump in the 2016 presidential  campaign.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said this week that President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy is completely in line with what Trump campaigned for in 2016.  Rubio was one of Trump’s primary  opponents.

“‘Well, first of all, I think he (Trump) campaigned on it and was elected on it,’ the Florida Republican stated about his onetime presidential campaign rival. ‘Whether you agree with him or not, to the extent that what he is doing now is consistent with what he promised he do if elected, I think people have to acknowledge that.'”  This policy was part and parcel of what Trump ran on. There needs to be a third way, one in which US borders are protected, yet we do not destroy families heading to the US.  It would be a huge mistake if the US went back to its old approach of “let them in and sort them out  later.”

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