WASHINGTON: Democrats seeking reelection can’t be happy that an estimated 4,000 migrant caravan of mostly Hondurans are marching toward the US southern border. Marching just in time to remind voting Americans what’s at stake if Democrats win control of the House and Senate this November. An influx of illegal aliens, including MS-13 gang members and human traffickers, among those honestly seeking life in America.
Election of the caravan
“It’s going to be an election of the caravan,” said President Donald Trump at an election rally in Missoula, Montana. “You know what I’m talking about,” he told a cheering throng of supporters.
And the Pew Research Center says that among Republican voters, illegal immigration is “the highest-ranked national problem” by 75%, compared to 19% among Democrats.
Not exactly a winning election issue
And recalling the shocked faces of news anchors that special election night in November of 2016, it should be remembered that illegal immigration was among the winning issues. Immigration is what separated Donald Trump from his 17 GOP primary rivals and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump burnished his anti-illegal immigration credentials in a tweet aimed at the migrant caravan and the governments of our southern neighbors:
“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their populations, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”
A sanctuary from sea to shining sea
At another campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona, the president says
“Democrats believe that illegal border crossers should be set free. Democrats believe our country should be a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens.”
And a recent press release from the caravan’s political organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, sound eerily like planks from the Democratic Party platform:
“We are a group of people from different nations, religions, genders, gender expressions, and sexual orientations migrating and seeking refuge. We seek to become one collective, supporting each other shoulder to shoulder and demonstrating that by uniting we can abolish borders.”
They also “demand”…
“…an end to violence against women and the LGBTQIA community… domestic violence, extortion, threats, and homophobia.”
They add that the caravan’s amigos “are as much citizens as the people of the countries where we are and/or travel.”
What’s yours is mine, amigo
In other words, if you leave a door or window open to your home and I sneak in, I’m suddenly as much an owner of that piece of real estate as the poor schmuck who worked hard, saved up for the down payment, filled out reams of paperwork, got a mortgage, payed it off, and now holds the deed.
Don’t they sound an awful lot like the Democratic Party’s democratic socialist darlings Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
And isn’t all that socialism the reason these folks are leaving the failed states of Mexico and Central America?
The Honduras basket case
As mentioned above, most of the migrant army marching its way toward America hails from Honduras. According to the Heritage Foundation, Honduras’ regulatory state inhibits…
“… business activity, and start-up costs are high. Labor regulations are outmoded, and much of the labor force works in the informal sector. Instead of overhauling the struggling state-owned electricity utility in 2017, the government borrowed an additional $700 million to keep it afloat. It also continued to maintain price controls for basic food items along with water, telecommunications, and ports.”
And it’s hard to do business when you don’t know who owns what.
“The property registration system remains unreliable. Approximately 80 percent of the privately held land in Honduras is either untitled or improperly titled. Resolution of title disputes in court often takes years… and weak state institutions make it virtually impossible to combat threats posed by violent transnational gangs and organized criminal groups,” says Heritage.
In other words, Honduras’ democratically sanctioned (democratic socialist) lack of property rights, coupled with its anti-business regulatory system, makes that country the second poorest nation in Central America. And that poverty makes Honduras a breeding ground for such gangs as MS-13, which explains why that country has one of the region’s highest murder rates.
Nancy Pelosi and MS-13
And this brings us back to the Democratic Party. While talking about illegal immigration and the infiltration into America by members of the notorious gang MS-13, President Trump said:
“We have people coming into the country… you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are… These aren’t people, these are animals.”
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s response was breathtakingly tone deaf:
“When the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, ‘These aren’t people, these are animals,’ you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?”
Don’t let the cancer spread
That was precisely Hillary Clinton’s position during the 2016 presidential campaign, in which she insisted “we treat those who come to our country with dignity and respect – and that we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them.”
It cost Clinton the presidency. Nancy Pelosi’s position on illegal immigration, as the migrant caravan nearing our border reminds us, should keep Democrats the minority party in Congress this November and cost dim-bulb Pelosi the speakership.
Top Image: Migrant caravan heads for US. Fox News screen capture.