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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Charles Lane: The exodus from failed left-wing Latin American regimes has global repercussions; of 6 million-plus who have fled Venezuela in recent years, 80 percent have ended up in the Caribbean or other Latin American countries such as Colombia, Peru and Chile, according to the International Organization for Migration. Inevitably, though, many people seeking relief from poverty and oppression go to the wealthiest and freest nation in their own hemisphere: the United States. Right now, escapees from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua make up a rapidly growing share of the influx at the border between the United States and Mexico.

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The latest Customs and Border Protection data show that 55,333 people from those three countries crossed in August, a 175 percent increase over August 2021. Hence, the predominantly Venezuelan origins of the 50 migrants Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) steered to Martha's Vineyard last week.

Migration from Central America and Mexico declined 43 percent over the past 12 months, but the flow from Cuba - nearly 200,000 - represents the biggest one-year surge since the island's 1959 revolution.

And that's saying something, since that 63-year history includes two dramatic boatlifts - in 1980 and 1994 - which brought 125,000 and 35,000 Cubans, respectively. Even more staggering, the Cuban migrants today often spend thousands of dollars each to pay for the trip, an odyssey by sea, air, land or a combination of all three, with brutal conditions and violent threats along the way.

Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela do not take their citizens back if deported from the United States, which renders the Biden administration all but powerless to deter the flow.

The unprecedented increase of migrants reaching our southern border is not being driven by any changes in US immigration policies, the increases are being driven by the record flow of people leaving socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Latin America.

The solution to this problem is not going to be found by playing stupid games with real people's lives and wellbeing. It's going to found by our politicians and President coming together and funding both domestic and international programs to resettle these people in ways less disruptive than mass uncoordinated migration through multiple countries.

In order for that to happen Americans need to realize and understand that most of today's migrants are no different than our own ancestors who came to America voluntarily seeking better lives for themselves and their families. They do not deserve to be treated as pariahs nor unwanted interlopers - and certainly not scapegoats - as many are wont to do.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-24 12:22 PM | Reply

#1

We should expect much more migration as people move to higher latitudes after being displaced by climate change. Its already happening.

Americans need to realize and understand that most of today's migrants are no different than our own ancestors who came to America voluntarily seeking better lives for themselves and their families.

Except they're not white.

Here we are facing a labor shortage, and many Americans/pols want to turn away people willing to work hard and pay taxes. Plus all the disdain and cruelty directed at the migrants. Racism is the only explanation.

#2 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-09-24 12:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Racism is the only explanation.

I would say more active and latent white supremacy fueled by ignorance and insensitivity. No one is here to "replace" white people, they're here to add to the quilt we call America.

And the vast majority of these people aren't coming here to take advantage of our meager safety net nor to commit crimes. They're coming here to work and work hard - even to the point many of them will be exploited by employers/supervisors demanding kickbacks for hiring them in the first place.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-24 01:20 PM | Reply

"I would say more active and latent white supremacy fueled by ignorance and insensitivity. "

^
That's just racism with more words.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-09-24 01:22 PM | Reply

No one is here to "replace" white people, they're here to add to the quilt we call America.

Agreed, but the racists prefer sheets over quilts.

#5 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-09-24 01:50 PM | Reply

I live in a rural area 50/50 white and native American. Our cultures are relatively unique to America, with each influencing the other. Whether they like it or not.

I got my bachelor's at a tribal college, which built me up as a person. It was a great experience and left me more than prepared for grad school (geosciences).

Anyway, lots of interesting culture and history. The different tribes have way more interesting cultures than my white counterparts and ancestors, imo.

Anyway, it does get homogeneous after living here my whole life. I love to go to the city and see all the different cultural stuff. Particularly the food, I love the food. All we get around my parts is beef and wheat (slight exaggeration).

#6 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-09-24 02:08 PM | Reply

How about we stop giving foreign aid to the following as it has accomplished nothing except going to corrupt government officials: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and Colombia as it never accomplishes what we wish, and now use those monies to offset the tax dollars we are spending on their illegals arriving here. Stop, the wasteful giveaways to those countries.

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-09-24 05:00 PM | Reply

How 'bout we stop interfering in their governments like we did with the CIA/Chicago School birthing of Neoliberalism and turning them into economic ghettos they are dying to leave?

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2022-09-24 05:06 PM | Reply

#7

It's almost like you ignored the article's information simply to air grievances you've held forever. Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua are the countries whose migrants currently comprise the crush we're currently experiencing. The migrants from the countries you mention are NOT the problem today - and likely because the money spent on stay at home programs are having a modicum of success while no one will disagree that all they do not solve all the problems.

Since you've noted what you don't want to see, what do you think should be affirmatively done for those in the countries you mentioned to stop their migrants from coming to the US? If we stop trying to help them there (not just through governments, but also international aid organizations) won't that cause even more migrants to leave and come here?

#9 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-24 05:13 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2022-09-24 05:13 PM | FLAG: You are assuming that our money is being spent wisely there. of which I am very doubtful. I believe that at some point you must stop throwing 'good money after bad'...this coul also be applied to much non-productive govt spending in our own country.

The sunk-cost fallacy describes our tendency to throw good money after bad. Just because you've already spent money on something doesn't mean you should continue spending money on it. Sometimes the opposite is true.Sep 8, 2008

The sunk-cost fallacy: Throwing good money after bad

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-09-24 06:22 PM | Reply

Gosh it's like Venezuela and Cuba aren't as good as America.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-24 06:32 PM | Reply

You are assuming that our money is being spent wisely there.

No, I asked you how you think that the US should affirmatively try and deal with the problem. What is your solution since you think funding stay at home programs aren't cost effective?

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-24 06:46 PM | Reply

@#6 ... I love to go to the city and see all the different cultural stuff. Particularly the food, I love the food. ...

That's a reason why I enjoy visiting an area city, Danbury,CT. The food choices are amazing, and oh so delicious.

Danbury Named to 'Most Diverse' List of US Cities
patch.com

...The City has just been named among the most diverse in the nation by a financial website.

WalletHub tapped Danbury as the 11th Most Diverse City in the Country in a study released on Wednesday....


And, fwiw, the current Mayor of Danbury is a Republican. Which is interesting, considering...

Danbury, CT - Demographics
en.wikipedia.org

...The racial makeup of the city was 68.2% White, 25.0% Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 7.2% African American, 0.40% Native American, 6.8% Asian, less than 0.10% Pacific Islander, 7.6% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. 32% of the population was foreign born. Of particular note is a sizeable population of residents of Portuguese and Brazilian heritage. They are served by locally based Portuguese-language print and broadcast media. ...

The restaurants are amazing. So much awesome-tasting food, and for quite reasonable prices.

When I used to go to the gyms, I got to know many Portuguese and Brazilians. Good people. For example when Brazil won some soccer world trophy, there was a celebration in the main street of Danbury. It was a wild and crazy party. But the consequence was a bunch of litter.

Unlike Boston's celebration for winning the SuperBowl

Violence mars Super Bowl celebration
www.post-gazette.com

...New England Patriots fans turned rowdy after their team's Super Bowl victory, overturning cars and lighting fires as thousands swarmed the streets. One person was killed when an allegedly drunken driver drove his sport utility vehicle into a crowd....


#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-24 07:40 PM | Reply

@#13

Danbury's Main Street briefly closed as Brazilians celebrate World Cup win (2018)
www.newstimes.com

...Brazilians took to downtown Danbury Monday afternoon to celebrate their country's World Cup win.

Police closed down a section of Main Street near the intersection of West Street to allow the revelers, dressed in yellow and green and carrying flags, to celebrate Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico.

But officers warned the crowd that the road would only be closed for a few minutes and asked those gathered not to congregate in the street once it reopened.....


#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-09-24 08:19 PM | Reply

32% of the population was foreign born???

WTF?

Why?

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-24 08:24 PM | Reply

Since the root cause of migration from Central and South America has to do with poor economic conditions and violence, the obvious solution is to provide an alternative. Since corruption and violence is a real problem in those sending countries which won't do right by their people, find countries in the region that aren't corrupt/violent and willing to accept immigrants, incentivize American companies to invest in them. Let them become the magnet for some of the migrants so as to reduce the huge numbers that want to come to the USA.

#16 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2022-09-25 06:17 AM | Reply

Let them become the magnet for some of the migrants so as to reduce the huge numbers that want to come to the USA.

#16 | POSTED BY FEDUPWITHPOLS

What's wrong with letting them come here? It's not like the country is "full". In fact, it's mostly empty.

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2022-09-25 03:32 PM | Reply

In fact, it's mostly empty.
#17 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

Relatively speaking, we have an insane amount of "space" available.

#18 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-09-25 08:27 PM | Reply

Space?

Have you ever lived more than half an hour from a walmart?

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-25 08:50 PM | Reply

Have you ever lived more than half an hour from a walmart?
#19 | POSTED BY TOR

Absolutely. Apparently, you haven't.

Sad.

#20 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-09-25 09:20 PM | Reply

???

I live in such a location now.

In fact it's almost an hour to any department store.

It would be easier for me to buy weed or guns than a in store x-box.

You wouldn't last a week here.

#21 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-26 12:20 AM | Reply

Perhaps this is overly simplistic,but it seems we could solve the majority oft he illegal immigration problems by appointing a few thousand immigration judgesto streamline the LEGAL immigration process. Why does it take 4 years for an asylum case to be adjudicated?

Certainly many people in the country are anti immigrant, but many more are supportive of reasonable structured, legal immigration,, and only opposed only to illegal immigration, because of the chaos and lawlessness that goes with it.

#22 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2022-09-26 12:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#21 | POSTED BY TOR

LOL

Yeah, sure. Big tough man you are. Weak little boy I am.

And if you're being honest, you're proving my point that there's plenty of 'space' here in the US.

So thanks, I guess.

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-09-26 01:20 AM | Reply

Interestingly enough the drug cartels were put in place by the Reagoonietunes admin to "stop the spread of communism" only to exacerbate the political mayhem. These are the chickens coming home to roost.

Republicl0wns are such hypocrites when it comes to drugs. They love nothing more than profiting from crippled masses while simultaneously finger-wagging and giving lectures on morality and political superiority. Then if you like they will set up for-profit rehabilitation centers.

Does anyone notice how when the US "spreads democracy" a devastating drug problem ensues followed by a mass migration of desperate people fleeing for their lives?

We guarded the opium fields for the Sacklers to decimate the populations of Kentucky and West Virginia for profit while blaming everyone else. The clowns will tell you it's because the Taliban doesn't believe in Jayzus while slipping money into their pockets.

#24 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-09-26 07:28 AM | Reply

I see someone came in with a quick assist to try and turn the tide from this

"The exodus from failed left-wing Latin American regimes has global repercussions"

To this

We should expect much more migration as people move to higher latitudes after being displaced by climate change.

#2 | POSTED BY HORSTNGRABEN AT 2022-09-24 12:51 PM | FLAG:

I got a notification this morning from one of the weather apps I use on my phone that said "As hurricane Ian approaches mainland it's time to open the discussion of global warming and the frequency of hurricanes"

Spare me the hysteria. This was the same nonsense being spread back when we had 3-4 storms a year back 20 years ago - and this is one of the hottest summers on record. By the "scientific commuity" standards I'd be correct in saying hotter temperatures produce less hurricanes.

#25 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-09-26 11:08 AM | Reply

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