I spent some time this weekend traveling to scenic Des Moines. Took a road trip with an old friend and enjoyed some of the local breweries, Zombie Burger, and The Slaughterhouse. It’s an easy, straight shot from where I live to Des Moines and just perfect for a trip. Not so close you can go all the time, not so far that it’s exhausting.
So I’m in good spirits today.
Not all road trips are so easy or pleasant. Particularly for that large caravan of refugees/migrants/job seekers coming from Central America.
A growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border in southern Mexico on Sunday, overwhelming Mexican government attempts to stop them at the border.
Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they set out walking toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, 10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile (1.5 kilometers).
Migrants cited widespread poverty and gang violence in Honduras, one of the world’s deadliest nations by homicide rate, as their reasons for joining the caravan.
The caravan elicited a series of angry tweets and warnings from Trump early in the week, but Mexico’s initial handling of the migrants at its southern border seemed to have satisfied him more recently.
“So as of this moment, I thank Mexico,” Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I hope they continue. But as of this moment, I thank Mexico. If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military — not the Guard.”
“They’re not coming into this country,” Trump added.
“The Mexican Government is fully engaged in finding a solution that encourages safe, secure, and orderly migration,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday, “and both the United States and Mexico continue to work with Central American governments to address the economic, security, and governance drivers of illegal immigration.”
I agree with Nauert. If we allow them in, the subsequent human waves will be immense. However, I’m fine with accepting these people if they agree to apply for asylum through the US consulates in Mexico instead of showing up at the border with their kids. We’ve been through enough of that drama.
If they show up at the border, ship them to Tierra del Fuego and tell them they’re permanently barred. But if they want to go through the process safely without trying to overwhelm our resources and causing a human rights fiasco, fantastic.
Of course, I’m cynical and think that causing the crisis just in time for the midterms is exactly the plan. I’m really not sure how you stop such a mass movement without either throwing them back over the border every day or putting them in internment camps indeterminably.
Whatever the plan is here, I’m making it clear now that I will have no sympathy for the plight of these people who travel to the US border. They’ve been sufficiently warned that it isn’t going to be pleasant. I still don’t want to see any kids in cages, but I care less if families get separated under these circumstances.
I’m sure it won’t stop the media from manipulating public opinion, but I’m not buying it this go-around. It’s another manufactured crisis in the making and we need to call it for what it is.
Open thread! Tell me of your travels and interests this week.