It seems a vociferous association of Americans clamor for immediate deportation of unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S.A. What would be the inevitable outcome of immediate, unconditional deportation of these children?
Let’s consider the analogy of a sinking boat. When the device or devices with which you expel water from a sinking boat perform at a lesser rate than the rate of water flowing into the boat through a breach in the hull, your boat will inevitably sink. To the bottom. I know from experience this is true.
If, however, you elect to plug the breach in the hull, voila! Your boat does not sink. To the bottom.
Sometimes breaches are too great to patch, so ship captains have been known to head for shallow water to save passengers, crew and cargo. Our ‘ship of state’ has nowhere to go. We are the port of last resort.
One “patch” to our “hull” has been attempted by means of a border fence. How well has that “patch” worked thus far? I think the following photograph answers the question.
Former AG Janet Napolitano said of the effectiveness of a border fence, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.” That’s the way the border works.
Let’s look at the other end of this “human pipeline” to discover a cause of this flood of unaccompanied Central American children to our “port of last resort”.
Headline in LaPrensa.hn (Honduran news service):
“Keneth, 7, and Anthony, 13, were the two children of the young mother, who has still not overcome the cruel nightmare that began when Anthony passed away on Sunday, April 27.
In moments of despair, Wendy publicly requested asylum in another country, but not having received it, she packed her bags and is currently undergoing the ordeal of undocumented immigrants en route to the United States.
The La Presnsa news team found Wendy with her two eldest sons in one of the shelters for migrants in the town of Arriaga, Mexico.
Wendy Castellanos and her children, sitting on the curb of the support center, showed on her face tiredness and the pain of her wounded feet from the long walks.” – La Prensa news article
Wendy’s story is by no means unique. In fact, hers is a very common tale. Not all the children flooding over the border are unaccompanied by parents.
We in the luxurious United States of America have only scant understanding of life in brutal third-world countries like Honduras. Our “poor” don’t flee to other countries because we give them free or rent-subsidized housing, food stamps, unemployment benefits, free to reduced cost medical care and free cell phones. How does this compare to life in Honduras? Our “poor” live better than most Honduran business owners. Cowboy philosopher and political commentator Will Rogers appropriately said, “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.”
Back to the vociferous complainers, I see you standing atop overpasses. Your angry sentiments flow easily through social media. Populist politicians, ignorant of pertinent issues, flame the flames of discontent. But, out of all the xenophobic yelling and flag waving, nothing happens. Why? Complainers don’t want to know why a problem exists; they simply demand it go away. Real life doesn’t work that way. Never has.
“Some people find fault like there’s a reward for it.”
“You cannot solve a problem until you acknowledge that you have one and accept responsibility for solving it.”
You know there’s a problem, so I ask, “What’s the cure, brother?”
I say it’s time to learn cause and effect. You can’t affect change unless you know the cause of the problem.