The Big Immigration Charade
If you sought to preserve the violent, reactionary and undemocratic regimes of countries like El Salvador and Honduras -- and, to a great extent, Mexico -- into perpetuity, how would you do it?
One way would be by providing a permanent U.S. safety valve for all their poor and downtrodden, the victims.
Just as with Europe and the Middle East, open borders can salve the soul and make us all feel good about ourselves, but they come with a price. And that price is not just for the richer host countries in supplying costly services. It is even greater for the countries of origin whose benighted citizens, the stay behinds, are left to suffer under governments that are incompetent, corrupt and often murderous.
Meanwhile, many of their good people (yes, along with some of the bad) are leaving or have left. It would have been those people, working together, that might have fixed their countries. No chance now.
This is an aspect of the larger immigration issue lost in the welter of emotional events like parent-child separation that so entrance our media. Why has Syria been a wretched place as long as we can remember? Why has it always been "Poor Mexico -- so far from God, so close to the United States," as its one-time president Porfirio Diaz -- himself something of a dictator -- characterized his country over a hundred years ago?
As someone who lived most of his life in Los Angeles and only recently left, I am no stranger to this pattern and to the illegal alien problem. In fact, I've co-written a movie about it. It is, as noted, a highly emotional issue that almost never changes. The arguments on all sides today are exactly as I remember them from 1970. Nothing has changed.
And nothing is likely to change in any substantive way from current events, because serious discussion of the issue is non-existent. Propaganda rules. It is the political football of all time, brought out when politicians seek to score points or distract from other issues that might embarrass them .
That it has been miraculously discovered -- despite having been going on for decades -- that children are being temporarily incarcerated on the border is a perfect example of that. It's no accident this surfaced at the moment the FBI is under fire for the Clinton email investigation and the possibility the organization sought to sabotage the presidency of Donald Trump.
So "immigration" is once again the stalking horse for everything but itself. It is a dumb show with the poor of Central America used as pawns. People will throw up their hands in horror and some children will likely get to stay longer with their parents -- a good thing, obviously -- but the larger reality will not change one iota.