- Aug 11, 2011
I just think that we are wasting alot of oxygen arguing about what Trump said a few years ago and not focusing on what the current crisis is. Are there rapists, murderers, child traffickers, and really bad folks waltzing across our border? Absofrigginlutely!!! I just can't, for the life of me, fathom how anyone can look at what is going on at border and be OK with it. I know that's not what you're saying , I was just curious if you thought this administration is doing a good job down there. Unlike most on this board, I quit focusing on Trump on January 20th. Still waiting for someone to list the things that Biden has done that will help our country....other than not saying mean things...there's always that.
If you're really wanting to know my opinion on managing the border, I actually agree with some of the VPs recent statements, as much as it pains me to say it. If we want to fix the border, we need to fix the other countries with migratory pressures of violence, poverty, and corruption. The overwhelming majority of migrants don't want to leave their countries and most intend on going back once things get better. Also, most migrants aren't coming from Mexico anymore, but Mexico often does too little to help the situation. They don't support enough asylees, help enough with stemming violence and poverty in the other countries, or enforcing their own migration laws in instances when people are passing through. Trump had a decent point on some of that front, too (pains me to say that). We're only 5 months into the current administration so it will be interesting to see what their solutions actually wind up being and I'll reserve judgment until we're farther in. This is not a problem with short term fixes that will work. The only real stance that I take is that we should view migrants as real people. They actually are a lot like you, me, and everyone else in our own society. That doesn't mean open borders, but it should inform how we understand their motivations.
A few other points since they're relevant here. Human trafficking is a bigger problem because of migratory pressures, both because the corruption covers up human trafficking and people are willing to take those risks to leave awful situations. Fix those other issues and you reduce trafficking. The vast majority of drug trafficking occurs through ports of entry and shipping, not land border crossings like you're implying. That's inefficient and more dangerous for them. Finally, crossing the border is not easy and we intentionally made it that way really starting under Clinton. It involves substantial risk of death and capture. Most people who cross via the border in the way you're imagining know that in advance. No one has been "waltzing" across the border since the 90s.
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