It's not "Mexicans." Expand your vocabulary. Short history lesson included at no extra charge.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:34
With some apology to my dear friend Jeff Treubig whom is not so much the catalyst but the straw that broke the camel's back...or in this case the drug mule...
The reality of the situation has changed.
We used to see lots of illegal imigration from Mexico but now we're seeing much more THROUGH it. What we have here is an inter-American migration happening here. Inter-American you say with your voice rising in interogative? Yes, there are 3 americas: South, Central and North (which includes Canada). We are all, by definition, Americans. We inhabit the Americas.
This is the second major influx of immigrants (refugrees really) from Central America in my lifetime. The first was in response to Ronnie Reagan's bloodbath against communism in the region but they were accompanied by persons for South America proper. Most recently the game changer is this influx of people from Central America, primarily Nicaragua and Honduras but also Guatemala. The two influxes are tied together.
The "Dirty Wars" left Central American governments a shambles but Nicaragua and Honduras in particular were left with brutally repressive and corrupt regimes. Honduras was and to an extent still is a military depot for our military forces in the region. The governments we prop up never had nor will have any desire to govern well, they are rich along with everyone they know. All they do is keep anyone with any ideas of change away from the table. There's no real governance.
This left an ideal power vaccume for some more highly organized inner-city-derived drug gangs in the USA to move in and set up shop at the street level. They have inserted themselves in the drug-value-chain in a way similar to the historic "cartels" that control vast areas of production along with distribution chains, they just do it from the bottom up. Drug gangs now rule much of daily life in Nicaragua and Honduras. If you think Mexico is hell, imagine it on acid.
Forget what you hear about Mexico, forget Venezuela, forget Brazil for violent places, Nicaragua is now the murder capitol of the world. And this is a primary driver here. This is why all these kids are coming up: their parents are that desperate to get them out of there. Think about it. What would it take for you as a parent to send your 13 year old child on a thousand mile trek across deadly deserts surrounded by criminals for the mere CHANCE to make it into the USA? You'd have to figure they are as good as dead at home.
Is there a concerted effort to use these kids as a shield to position forces and materiel inside the USA?
You betcha there is. Yup, this is coordinated. This is an INVASION. This is a major, major problem and it seems all our DHS wants to do is chase preppers around and bust pot heads. These gangs have other agendas than the cartels. These gangs want more real estate and they want it here. They have REGIONAL ASPIRATIONS.
Does any of this make any difference in terms of our position? Well I guess we might start agreeing that this is much, much larger than "Mexicans". In order to deal with this we have to understand what it is. It's much broader in scope, in impact and in history.
The gang and drug factors at work here are large enough and established enough to be considered systemic.
But I suspect this is of ideologial significance to purists who would abolish our borders and allow free travel and commerce. Like MAYBE NOW IS NOT EXACTLY A GOOD TIME. Something along those lines perhaps.
And maybe for once it would be nice to have, oh I dunno, something like an ACTUAL MILITARY GUARDING OUR ACTUAL BORDERS AND NOT SOMEBODY ELSE'S FOR A FRIKIN CHANGE?
Two exceptions exist in this continuing saga of mayhem, El Salvador and Costa Rica. El Salvador is the example of leftist insurgency not getting totally destroyed but rather brokering itself into government and Costa Rica which somehow escaped the modern era of attrocity for an array of more subtle reasons. Guatemala is at risk