Saturday, April 12, 2014

The 'illegal immigrant' surge has a lot to do with what's happening in Central America

(My new American Thinker post)

It would be easy to blame President Obama's pandering of the Mexican American vote for "the surge" in people crossing the border.

Yes, this is a president who "panders like no one else" but this time the problem is the collapse of Guatemala and other Central American countries.  Sadly, no one is watching what is happening in that region.

They are coming, crossing Mexico and headed for Texas, according to The New York Times:
"The migrants are no longer primarily Mexican laborers. Instead they are Central Americans, including many families with small children and youngsters without their parents, who risk a danger-filled journey across Mexico.
Driven out by deepening poverty but also by rampant gang violence, increasing numbers of migrants caught here seek asylum, setting off lengthy legal procedures to determine whether they qualify.
The new migrant flow, largely from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is straining resources and confounding Obama administration security strategies that work effectively in other regions.
It is further complicating President Obama’s uphill push on immigration, fueling Republican arguments for more border security before any overhaul."
Frankly, this is a human tragedy of unprecedented proportions.  There was a related story about children crossing the US-Mexico border alone.

The "surge" will continue for several reasons:

First, Central America has become the new base for cartels, sort of like Afghanistan became a terrorist haven in the 1990s.  We may need a multinational force to go in and clean up the region or it will only get worse.

Mexico has done a good job of going after the cartels and capturing or killing the bosses. Mexico is winning the war against the cartels but the price has been very high, as any Mexican citizen will tell you.

Second, Central American governments do not have the military resources to fight well armed groups.  They just can't do it.  Violence is a daily grind for most people in those little countries.  Talk to any of your Central American friends with family down south.

Third, and most importantly, the Obama administration needs a version of The Merida Plan that President Bush and President Calderon of Mexico created in 2007.  

The problem is there for everyone to see: overwhelmed Central American governments.

They need military assistance. It's time for President Obama to tell the American people just how dangerous it is to have these governments under siege by cartels.  

The region could also turn into a haven for terrorists who are always looking for a place to reside and enter the US.

Of course, you can kiss "immigration reform" goodbye with stories like these from the Texas border. In other words, the border is not secure..

Let me add this. It will be very interesting to watch how Mexico reacts to all of these Central American refugees using their country as a "pathway to the US."   My guess is that a lot of Central Americans will get a taste of Mexico's immigration laws, get detained and sent back south!

Bottom line:  This is a terrible human tragedy and there is no end in sight.

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Dear Nancy: Why didn't you introduce immigration reform when you had majorities in the House?


(My new American Thinker post)

Yes, the Democrats are into insulting our intelligence again.    The strategy is to wake up the 2012 voters by scaring them that it's all the GOP's fault!

Rep Pelosi, the former Speaker, does not understand why the GOP will not bring up immigration.  This is what she said:
"“I think race has something to do with the fact that they’re not bringing up an immigration bill,” the California Democrat told reporters at her regular weekly press conference. “I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it were just you, this would be easy.’”
Maybe someone should have asked Rep Pelosi a simple question:  Why didn't you bring up an immigration reform bill in 2009-10?  

Was race a factor in your decision NOT to bring up anything for a vote?
At some point, these "race card" Democrats need to be challenged with some direct questions.   

The fact is that we had a Democrat President, Senate and House verbally committed to immigration reform BUT did nothing about it!

Lots of "si se puede" speeches but "NADA" (or nothing) as far as results are concerned.

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2014: Congratulations to Dallas Stars


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The Dallas Stars are back in the NHL playoffs.   They beat the Blues Friday night, 3-0.

The other "good news" is that the team signed Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh to contract extensions.  That makes it a perfect night!

I'm not sure who the Stars will play in the first round.  Let's think about that tomorrow!



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Why did Yale University invite President Correa?


We spoke on Friday with Professor Carlos Eire about President Correa of Ecuador speaking at Yale University.

Carlos was at the speech and wrote an excellent post about it:

"Rafael Correa, ruler of Ecuador, came to Yale University today. In one of the most embarrassing displays of self-aggrandizement ever seen by this professor, Mr. Correa brought the art of patting oneself on the back to new heights today (and that’s saying a lot, given the propensity of most academics to engage in such behavior).
Mr. Correa broke other records as well, such as delivering the most puerile and non-academic lecture imaginable, packing the greatest number of lies into a single presentation, and making some of the most outrageous and indefensible claims ever made at an Ivy League University (and that’s saying a lot, too, given the high number of questionable “experts”on the academic lecture circuit)."
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