Kamala Harris and the Same Old Immigration Nonsense

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Vice-President Kamala Harris got jeered in Guatemala, and deservedly so, after telling the Guatemalan people, “Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.” 

At the same time, the Biden administration is promising $4 billion in foreign aid to the Guatemalan government. Apparently the idea is that by bribing Guatemalan officials with lots of U.S. taxpayer money, the Guatemalan government will crack down and prevent Guatemalans from leaving the country and heading north.

At the very least, we can see one important thing — that Democrats and liberals are as fervent believers in immigration controls as Republicans and conservatives. Oh, sure, they might favor enforcing the immigration laws in ways that are different from Republicans and conservatives, but the fact is that they believe in the same immigration-control system as their rightwing political and ideological counterparts. 

Therefore, under Biden we will continue to see the same sorts of things we have seen for decades in immigration, to wit:

  1. An ongoing, never-ending, perpetual immigration crisis.
  2. Death and suffering of people trying to illegally enter the United States.
  3. A black market in the transportation of immigrants trying to enter the United States illegally.
  4. The continuation of the Berlin Fence and Berlin Wall constructed by both Democrats and Republicans along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  5. The continuation and probably an expansion of the immigration police state that exists on the U.S.-Mexico border, including warrantless trespasses on ranches and farms, violent raids on American businesses, domestic checkpoints and roving Border Patrol checkpoints on American highways, and boarding of Greyhound buses to check people’s papers.

Those are the types of tyrannical measures that come with an immigration-control system, whether it’s being run by Democrats or Republicans.

In fact, given the Democrats’ desire to give U.S. citizenship to millions of immigrants who are currently here in the United States, no one should be too surprised to see even more immigrants trying to illegally enter the United States. 

A dark irony in all this is that the U.S. government is responsible for much of the horrible conditions in Latin America that cause people to flee and come to the United States. 

The biggest factor is the U.S. government’s drug war, which has brought massive death and destruction to Latin America. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed as a direct consequence of this evil and immoral U.S. government program. Is it any wonder why thousands of people are fleeing Mexico and Guatemala for their lives?

Moreover, let’s not forget the long history of U.S. interventionism in Latin America at the hands of the Pentagon and the CIA. Recall the 1954 coup instigated by the CIA that removed the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz, from the presidency and replaced him with a succession of brutal pro-U.S. military dictatorships. That coup ended up throwing the country into a 30-year civil war that killed over a million people. A nation does not recover from that type of ordeal overnight. 

We need to do some serious soul-searching in this nation. It is clear that the statism under which America has been operating for decades, both foreign and domestic, has not worked. It has produced nothing but death, suffering, impoverishment, and tyranny. To get our nation back on the right tract, we need to return to founding principles, including America’s 100-year heritage of open immigration, drug legalization, non-interventionism, and a limited-government republic. That’s the only way to lead our nation to peace, prosperity, harmony, and liberty.

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