Well a short 4 months ago I wrote a post on Human Migration. As I am sure most of you are aware, a child migration is under way. This is not new to humanity, but it sure is causing a stir here in our country. The big issue in the first post was, ‘How would we react?’ It would appear that we don’t know what to do.
The two camps are actually in somewhat of an agreement: we can’t take them. Or maybe the term should be we won’t take them. The reality on the ground is that we have been taking them, begrudgingly, for years. Yes, Obama has stepped up deportations, if you believe government reports, but the tide continues. I do not know the exact numbers, no one does, everything we hear are estimates that special interest groups want us to hear. It is in the millions, that can be agreed upon by all.
Look at how Africa or The Middle Beast deals with such human tragedy, it is ugly. Filth, dehydration, starvation, degradation, isolation, you have seen the images of refugee camps, let them burn into your mind. Those places have one thing in common, not enough resources to really help those who need it. So the question begs to be asked, ‘How will we deal with it?’ Will we just kick the can down the road or will we step up to show the world that American exceptionalism is still alive and well.
Let me take a step back right now and explain myself. I believe we are the best Country on the planet, bar none, since countries were formed. Our founders wrote the best documents possible to set up the best government possible. Like it or not, governments are a necessary evil to keep the peace, more on that in a future post. My biggest concerns are what country my family will inherit and will I still be around to help them, I bet every parent feels the same. I recommend that all of you re-read the Declaration and Constitution, along with books written by our founders to understand how fortunate we are to have a system that affords us to think about how to ‘right the ship’. Never forget.
Back to our current situation, children fleeing a miserable existence. The stories are sad, horrific, and depressing on a level that few of us can imagine. I have heard some stories that make me turn the station in a moment of weakness. I have my own problems. Hell, kids in Detroit, Stockton, Chicago, your hometown have crap lives. We can’t fix our own problems much less fix other nation’s issues. Our nation is on the brink of civil unrest, financial collapse, and the world still relies on us for its freedom. They won’t admit it, but we know. If not for our military presence then who would stop the fundamentalist/communist/control freaks out there? The answer is simple, no one. Back to our issue, what do we do with these kids.
One, send them back to their hellholes and tell ourselves that it is for the best, because we can’t afford to feed, house, and educate them. Probably a valid point. Two, we feed, house, and educate them, then send them back to fix their country. I have yet to hear that one from either side. Three, we let them stay permanently with all that entails. Four, we help fix their countries now so they can go back. There are a few permutations of these ideas, but the jist is we have to deal with it and look at ourselves in the mirror. Nation building is not easy or really economically feasible, and it isn’t our job as a country. Idea one is not without cost, both financially and morally, plus it won’t stop the problem. Number two has merit because it helps those who need it and allows them to change their country’s destiny, in time and assuming that they would want to go back. Three opens the floodgates. Fourth is a deep hole of commitment that I don’t have the stomach for, but it does relate to number two. This subject makes my stomach churn and gives me a headache.
How did it get so bad down there? Lack of jobs, gang violence, drug trafficking, and corruption at the highest levels. Many of our Central American neighbors point the finger at our appetite for drugs, another valid point. Our war on drugs is a miserable failure and has done nothing to stem the tide. The border is as porous as ever. All those drugs flow through the Central American corridor, bringing all the problems with them. Some vacation destination countries turn a blind eye to the traffic, in exchange for…. Where you have poverty, you have desperation. People willing to do anything to survive and after awhile the line between right and wrong is blurred or vanishes altogether. Gangs rise up. The parents of these kids are dead, disillusioned, or incapable of providing the most basic of needs, so they send them to the promised land.
None of this is new to the human condition. It would be easy blame the population explosion, it is at the top of my list for most current problems, but a closer look at history shows that we are willing to maim or kill just to be on top of the heap even if we have all that we need. So how can we possibly solve this situation that demands compassion above all when we can’t seem to pull together ourselves to solve America’s issues? Does America still have a heart that goes beyond our front door? These questions strike at the core of the prepper debate concerning to go it alone or form a community to survive calamities.
Lastly, one of those kids we save might come up with a cure for cancer, solve cold fusion, or develop warp drive. Maybe they will just become solid, caring, hard working Americans. We could use more of those types. I struggle with my own thoughts that tell me more people here is a bad thing. I also struggle with the thought of an innocent kid being sent back to hell because I didn’t want to share some space. I hear there are whole vacant neighborhoods in Detroit.