And now, for a “train deal” with Mexico

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz | August 6th, 2014

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And now, for a "train deal" with Mexico

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

From the BBC: Guatemala, Mex­ico and the United States have reached a deal to try to pre­vent migrants from jump­ing onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, accord­ing to Guatemalan officials.

The three coun­tries said they would estab­lish more checkpoints.

Let’s look at this for a moment: The Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment, which until rather recently had some of the strictest immi­gra­tion laws in our hemi­sphere, is allow­ing tens of thou­sands of for­eign­ers to travel unim­peded thou­sands of miles through Mex­i­can ter­ri­tory to reach the U.S. bor­der, and “more check­points” are going to change that?

Par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing the money the car­tels are mak­ing from all the human trafficking?

The Chi­nese are pay­ing $50,000, the Indi­ans are pay­ing $10,000 to $20,000, [for] all the Cen­tral Amer­i­cans the aver­age is about $7,000 and the Mex­i­cans are, espe­cially [from] south­ern Mex­ico, are pay­ing $3,000, so it’s a huge, huge money event for the car­tels, prob­a­bly even more lucra­tive than the drug busi­ness,” Dr. Michael Vick­ers of the Texas Bor­der Vol­un­teers told Infowars.

The bor­der surge started dur­ing Obama’s first term:

Pres­i­dent Obama’s exec­u­tive actions on immi­gra­tion did not begin with Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) in mid-​2012. It began in 2011 with his announce­ment of “pros­e­cu­to­r­ial dis­cre­tion” on depor­ta­tions. A few months later the bor­der patrol noted the first uptick in unac­com­pa­nied chil­dren at the border.

The cam­paign of mis­in­for­ma­tion goes on, but more and more ques­tions add up; two days ago Pat wrote about Gov. Jindal’s ques­tions,

He’d like to know, among other things, where the chil­dren are:

Jin­dal wants to know where the chil­dren are liv­ing, the time­line for deter­min­ing their ulti­mate sta­tus and whether the fed­eral gov­ern­ment plans to kick in dol­lars for their edu­ca­tion and health care. He also wants to know how the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices decided where to place them.

As the resources of the coun­try as a whole and the states in par­tic­u­lar are diverted to cope with this inva­sion, I leave you to pon­der Mark Steyn’s words,

One of the rea­sons why so many Amer­i­cans oppose amnesty and a “path to cit­i­zen­ship” for ille­gal aliens is because, even if one buys it in util­i­tar­ian terms, to accept that an hon­or­able Amer­i­can iden­tity can be born from an ille­gal act seems to mock the very essence of cit­i­zen­ship and allegiance.

Yet, putting aside the soon to be amnestied mil­lions, it seems to me the defor­ma­tion of law nec­es­sary to accom­mo­date the armies of the undoc­u­mented is hav­ing a broader cor­rupt­ing effect on the fed­eral bureau­cracy. For exam­ple, can you think of any­thing more ris­i­ble than work­ing for some­thing called “US Cus­toms & Bor­der Protection”?

How’s that for a “train deal”?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and cul­ture at Fausta’s blog.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

From the BBC: Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached a deal to try to prevent migrants from jumping onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, according to Guatemalan officials.

The three countries said they would establish more checkpoints.

Let’s look at this for a moment: The Mexican government, which until rather recently had some of the strictest immigration laws in our hemisphere, is allowing tens of thousands of foreigners to travel unimpeded thousands of miles through Mexican territory to reach the U.S. border, and “more checkpoints” are going to change that?

Particularly considering the money the cartels are making from all the human trafficking?

“The Chinese are paying $50,000, the Indians are paying $10,000 to $20,000, [for] all the Central Americans the average is about $7,000 and the Mexicans are, especially [from] southern Mexico, are paying $3,000, so it’s a huge, huge money event for the cartels, probably even more lucrative than the drug business,” Dr. Michael Vickers of the Texas Border Volunteers told Infowars.

The border surge started during Obama’s first term:

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration did not begin with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in mid-2012. It began in 2011 with his announcement of “prosecutorial discretion” on deportations. A few months later the border patrol noted the first uptick in unaccompanied children at the border.

The campaign of misinformation goes on, but more and more questions add up; two days ago Pat wrote about Gov. Jindal’s questions,

He’d like to know, among other things, where the children are:

Jindal wants to know where the children are living, the timeline for determining their ultimate status and whether the federal government plans to kick in dollars for their education and health care. He also wants to know how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided where to place them.

As the resources of the country as a whole and the states in particular are diverted to cope with this invasion, I leave you to ponder Mark Steyn’s words,

One of the reasons why so many Americans oppose amnesty and a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens is because, even if one buys it in utilitarian terms, to accept that an honorable American identity can be born from an illegal act seems to mock the very essence of citizenship and allegiance.

Yet, putting aside the soon to be amnestied millions, it seems to me the deformation of law necessary to accommodate the armies of the undocumented is having a broader corrupting effect on the federal bureaucracy. For example, can you think of anything more risible than working for something called “US Customs & Border Protection”?

How’s that for a “train deal”?

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

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