A caravan of Honduran, El Salvadorian and Guatemalan nationals are marching their way towards the southern border of the United States. President Trump and company have voiced America’s rejection of the caravan, going so far as to threaten calling in the U.S. military in order to curb the invasion coupled with cutting off foreign aid to the countries from which the caravan originated.
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States,” President Trump wrote in a tweet. “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!”
Mexico initially claimed they would stop the caravan from proceeding to the southern border of the U.S. however, they reversed course after they were overwhelmed by the size and wanted to avoid a violent confrontation. The Mexican government’s reversal suggests that when the caravan was faced with the possibility of being stopped by Mexican authorities, they threatened to get violent. This act alone should fully illustrate why the United States is aiming to curb this migrant caravan from arriving.
While waving their home county’s flags, the caravan collectively and violently broke down barricades in Mexico in order to follow through with their quest to defy United States immigration laws. Every single member of the caravan has been offered asylum in Mexico however, only 1,000 have taken the opportunity to do so. The fact that the vast majority have refused to apply for asylum in Mexico is leaving Americans wondering if they are truly seeking refuge from persecution. After all, when someone is truly fleeing violence and oppression, one would think they would take refuge in the first country to offer asylum.
Many of those making up the caravan have already been deported numerous times however, those individuals care not for the laws that govern the United States, hens the reason they are literally preparing to invade.
Of course, there are going to be some people with legitimate asylum claims within the caravan. These individuals and/or family units should be taken in and processed accordingly. But the United States is not the only country that should bear responsibility for these asylum seekers, every other country that signed onto the 1951 Refugee Convention should as well. This means the United Nations would need to be summoned to the southern border of the United States to process the asylum claims stemming from the caravan. Since the United States pays the vast majority of the bills at the UN, there should be no objections to various member nations taking in some of these asylum seekers.
If awarded asylum through the United Nations, they would then be put into a lottery in which they would be randomly assigned to one of the 145 countries that have signed onto the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Particularly, if they claim to be fleeing Mara Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13), coming to the United States won’t help since MS-13 has already staked a presence here. With a mere phone call, it would be just as easy for MS-13 to coordinate a murder in the U.S. as it is in San Salvador. Those fleeing gang violence in Central America would be better served if they were awarded asylum in a European nation as opposed to the United States, since the element they are claiming to flee is currently present in the United States.
If they’re truly fleeing persecution, one would think they would prefer a country that is the furthest possible distance from the country from which they are fleeing.
If they are coming to the United States for work, then they should be denied asylum and subsequently deported. A lack of work is not considered oppression, persecution, or violent in nature and does not rise to the standards required in order to be considered a “refugee.”
The United Nations defines a refugee as, “people outside their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order, and who, as a result, require ‘international protection.” Nobody requires “international protections” from a lack of work. That’s an asinine excuse which should be considered an attempt to game the system and those who make such a claim should be punished by barring them from future considerations.
Furthermore, if they refused asylum in Mexico, their claims need to be vetted tenfold or outright denied. It makes no sense to traverse the entire country of Mexico when Mexican authorities are offering them asylum right where they stand. There must be an alternative motive for them to come to the United States. It’s imperative to establish what that alternative motive is and evaluate it with extreme diligence, regardless of how long it takes to do so.
Enough with the United States acting as the dumping ground for the rest of the world. There comes a time when all of the countries that receive various forms of aid from the United States need to do their part. That time has come, the bill is now due.
One More Thing…
On Tuesday evening, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight. Ramos was embedded in the caravan and reporting from Huixtla, Mexico. Mr. Ramos repeatedly referred to members of the caravan as “refugees.” This is factually incorrect and Jorge Ramos has no way of knowing whether or not they are, in fact, “refugees.”
Factually speaking, all of the members of the caravan are currently considered “asylum seekers.” The United Nations defines an “asylum seeker” as someone who is seeking international protections, but whose claims for refugee status have not yet been recognized.
In contrast, a “refugee” is someone whose claims have been formally recognized under the 1951 Refugee Convention and as such, requires international protections.
Essentially, the “asylum seekers’” claims of oppression, persecution or violence need to be vetted prior to being awarded “refugee” status.
The mainstream media will refer to members of the caravan as “refugees” in order to draw sympathy from the American people. Referring to them as “refuges” gives the impression that their claims of oppression, violence and persecution have been found credible by a recognized organization however, that could not be further from the truth.
Words matter. For any member of the media to use the word “refugee” when speaking about members of this caravan is intellectually dishonest, irresponsible and adds to the narrative that they peddle fake news. When the media refers to members of the caravan as “refugees,” they are not being the objective news outlet they purport to be.
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