In 2007, I went to the border in Nogales, Arizona to see for myself what was really going on at the border. What I found literally shocked me. I saw first-hand the “rape trees” where human traffickers display the undergarments of the women they’ve raped along the trail. I saw acres of desert literally laden with trash and debris. I witnessed a van of drug runners, pursued by border patrol, speeding right past the house of the family I was staying with. The most heart-wrenching part of my trip was the conversation I had with the mother from across the border who met me late at night in the cover of darkness with one message, “We want our men back.”
This mother braved the journey to the border to tell me the story of her town. She said the men leave for America to get jobs. For a time they send back money to support their families. But then, in too many cases, the money stops, the men start new families in the United States and completely abandon the families they left behind. Every town on the other side of the Mexican border is run by ruthless drug cartels. When the men leave, the women are forced to work to provide for their children, leaving the children powerless against the cartels who relentlessly intimidate them into running drugs and being brutalized if they don’t. The words of this anguished mother continue to ring through my ears, “We want our men back.”
As I see the caravan of men heading for our borders I can’t help but think of the women and children being left behind, vulnerable to the violence and economic depression, of their countries and left to fend for themselves. No one is talking about that. No one is talking about the mother in McAllen, Texas looking out her kitchen window wondering if and when a mob of men will descend upon her front yard or her children’s school.
As the week has progressed and we’ve seen the caravans of Honduran immigrants inch closer and closer to our border, concern from American mothers grows stronger and stronger. Though most on the Left would have us believe these thousands of immigrants are only poor families seeking refuge from the violence and desperate conditions of their homeland, the leaders of the countries who these caravans have already passed through have a very different story to tell.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reported that leadership in both Mexico and Guatemala has alerted our government that there are criminal elements among the throng, and many are actively participating in violence. As the caravan reached Mexico young men threw rocks and stormed Mexican police who were trying to protect their border. After seeing those images, it’s hard for a mother to accept the idea of the caravan only containing oppressed migrants who have been driven from their home country. If they are seeking asylum from violence, why do they bring it along with them?
I have no doubt there are some in these caravans who are actually impoverished, oppressed families simply seeking a better life. Breaking the laws of our country and attempting to force their way across the border en masse is not the way to find it. Freedom can prosper anywhere under the right conditions. If good people seeking freedom and prosperity flee their countries instead of fighting for freedom where they are, their countries will never be free. And if people from socialist countries continue to come here en masse with their socialist ideas the very reason they desired to come here will cease to exist.
I echo the words of then Barack Obama in 2005 while serving as senator.
“We are a generous and welcoming people, here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”
We are endangering women and children and aiding and abetting drug cartels, rapists, and human traffickers by not securing our borders. We have created an industry of inhumanity for women and children on both sides of the border. It’s time to secure our borders, burn the rape trees, and end this inhumanity once and for all!
Mexican journalist Alex Backman has released a stunning expose on the caravan from Central America. He says the migrants are robbing and stealing in Mexico. They carjack cars containing just one occupant. There are even accounts of rapes. Many of the migrants will not let people film them. If they see someone filming them through a car window, they stop the car and demand the phone. Backman suspects the reason they don’t want to be filmed is because they have criminal histories.
He said the Mexican president hasn’t done anything to stop it. The Mexican government is instead providing them with necessities including medical aid. This despite the fact that 48 percent of Mexicans disapprove of the caravan. Almost 2,700 Central Americans have applied for asylum in Mexico since the caravan started. However, the Mexican government says it does not have the resources to house all the caravan members for six months.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández told Vice President Mike Pence that “the caravan was organized by leftist organizations.” Left-wing organizations are providing assistance. They include the coalition CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, which stands for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. At least three of the groups are funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.
Of course, exposing this is risky, because the left is fond of denying that Soros funds its ventures, labeling anyone who points out the connection as a conspiracy theorist. Kelly Johnston, a vice president at Campbell Soup, was fired after he tweeted about Soros funding the caravan.
Backman says the rocks being thrown by caravan members are not just little rocks, but large ones that can kill people. Mexican law enforcement vehicles have iron mesh over all of their windows due to the rock throwing. Unfortunately, law enforcement is armed with guns that are little more than paint guns.
The rock throwing escalated in recent days as the caravan reached Tijuana. The migrants are clashing with the locals, who are marching in the streets demanding that they leave public spaces and report to shelters. The locals yell “Go home. We don’t want you here!” Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum referred to the arrivals as “bums.” “Human rights should be reserved for righteous humans,” he said. At least three journalists were injured in fistfights and other violence. Some of the migrants refuse to stay in the shelters, comparing them to jails. According to The New York Times, the caravan “is already threatening a potential crisis for Tijuana and the surrounding state of Baja California.”
Instead of trying to illegally cross the border into California, the caravan members are waiting at the border to apply for asylum. But they don’t qualify for asylum under international law, Backman observes. There’s no war going on in Honduras. At least 1,400 have applied for asylum in the U.S. It will be weeks before their turn to present their case comes. Meanwhile, they are remaining in Tijuana near the border, where locals and churches are providing them with food and clothes.
The U.S. Border Patrol is out in force along the Tijuana-California border. American workers rushed to complete the border wall there. President Trump is sending the military to the border merely as assistance to the National Guard — he’s not militarizing the border. But the Mexican media is warning that Trump is going to use force on the border. They are also falsely attempting to portray the caravan as primarily women and children.
President Trump tweeted about the caravan, “Isn’t it ironic that large caravans of people are marching to our border wanting U.S.A. asylum because they are fearful of being in their country – yet they are proudly waving their country’s flag,” he wrote. “Can this be possible? Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it.” Trump refers to the caravan as “an invasion.”
It is no way near over. A man within the Mexican government told Backman there are more caravans coming from three other countries; Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. Officials in Baja California say there are currently 9,000 migrants moving through Mexico in caravans.