MATTHEW BOOSE: We stopped the caravan. Now stop the invasion.

April 7, 2018

The caravan of over 1,000 Central American emigrants that drew the ire of President Donald Trump has been stopped, although some have splintered off and will continue on their quest to enter the United States.

The group that organized the caravan says that its primary goal was to raise awareness of the plight of Hondurans fleeing desperate conditions. Leftists, predictably, have joined in whitewashing the caravan and its aims.

In truth, the caravan had a mixture of rather insidious goals. Ideologically, it wanted to provoke President Trump so that leftists would respond by rallying in support of its dreams of a borderless world, and it has succeeded on that count. But more pragmatically, the caravan hoped to shepherd illegal immigrants into the United States, many of whom may still make it through.

Still, there was nothing particularly special about this caravan. These 1,000 migrants were nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands who try to cross illegally every year.

But the caravan story shows what happens when a country gets weak on immigration. Poor enforcement has convinced migrants that they have an unqualified right to come here and that they will not be obstructed in their quest to do so.

They need to be convinced otherwise — or the invasion will never stop.

The left whitewashes the caravan

So what was this caravan really about?

Leftists in the media described the caravan as a routine immigrant rights protest that could lead to, at most, some migrants seeking legal asylum in the United States. As they see it, the idea that the caravan was an illegal invasion is a hysterical delusion.

Instead, they believe the organizers of the caravan, who have claimed that its primary purpose is to raise awareness of the desperate conditions in Honduras. Liberals have echoed the group’s messaging in emphasizing that the caravan — which has been organized annually since 2010 — is a routine, “normal” occurrence.

Is that supposed to be reassuring? That this was already happening and we didn’t know?

While the group was clearly trying to make a statement, it is easy to see that was not its sole purpose. Let’s get real: these migrants did not march hundreds of miles through Mexico just to make a point. They may have had a message, but that was only to try and add legitimacy to their other goal: making it into the U.S.

Some of the migrants interviewed by the BuzzFeed journalist who published the original story on the infamous caravan in late March did say the emigrants wanted to settle in Mexico — but what constitutes “many”? This was a group of over 1,000 migrants, after all.

But the BuzzFeed article also made it clear that most hoped to make it to the United States — illegally, if necessary. And this is hardly surprising. Who wouldn’t want to make it across the border after traversing the entirety of Mexico?

“When they get to the U.S., they hope American authorities will grant them asylum or, for some, be absent when they attempt to cross the border illegally,” BuzzFeed journalist Adolfo Flores reported. The Times echoed that sentiment, writing that those who are seeking entry into the U.S. plan to “probably” seek asylum through a legal process.

Probably? That’s not very reassuring. And why do it legally? Over half of Central Americans already living in the United States are unauthorized. What makes this caravan any different from the Central American migrants who have already come here illegally?

Do these open-border proponents expect us to believe these immigrants will respect the laws of the country to which they’re migrating when more than a million others have not? If the people in this caravan are as desperate as they sound, then they won’t care about getting here legally.

Much of the caravan has dispersed, but some migrants have split off and carried on by themselves to the border. While the organizers say they put together the caravan for protection, it’s evident that they also hoped to use power in numbers to make a show of force and push their way through — illegally if necessary.

“Going alone is risky. You’re risking an accident, getting jumped by robbers, and even your life,” a migrant told BuzzFeed. “All of that, and then you don’t get to the United States. The caravan is slower, but you know you’re going to get there safely.”

It’s clear that these migrants were hoping to make it to America by any means necessary.

Business as usual

One aspect of leftist rhetoric about the caravan is true: there is nothing particularly special about a group of immigrants trying to get past the border undetected. In a sense, the caravan was business as usual.

A group of over 1,000 immigrants, most of them women and children, is just a drop in the bucket compared to the ongoing invasion of illegal immigrants coming to America each year. After dipping to four-decade lows in April 2017, illegal crossings have again rebounded back to previous high levels.

And while there may not be violent thugs hiding in this particular caravan, that isn’t the case with other waves of migrants (MS-13 did not magically materialize on Long Island). To pretend that all immigrants are peaceful is as absurd a statement as to say that all immigrants are criminals.

Still, the mainstream media and Democrats like to paint the anti-immigration position as inherently racist, but racial animus has nothing to do with it. It’s about law and logistics. For the foreseeable future, there will be many more immigrants escaping the horrible conditions in Honduras. How many can America be expected to take? Is there a certain number beyond which it would then be okay for America to deny entry to more immigrants?

Questions like these are posed and never answered by advocates of a borderless society, because they do not comprehend the notion of sovereignty (unless it suits their purposes).

Provocation, radicalization

What many on the left fail to realize is that this caravan was part of a larger illegal invasion. But it was not only that: it doubled as an ideological stunt to provoke a response from President Trump and further radicalize the left on immigration. In that lattter respect, it has succeeded.

Caravan organizers won a cultural victory by garnering sympathy from leftists for their open borders agenda. Knee-jerk anti-Trump leftists, seeing that the president wanted to stop the caravan, are now flocking to the defense of illegal immigrants demanding entry into a sovereign country.

Look no further than the name of the group that organized the caravan, Pueblo sin Fronteras, to get a sense of its political aims. You don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to know what this means. (Hint: “sin fronteras” means “without borders.”)

The group’s site says their “dream is to build solidarity bridges among peoples and turndown border walls imposed by greed.”

The caravan had both a literal purpose — getting migrants into America — and an ideological, symbolic one. It was not subtle with messaging either, which could be summarized as: “We are here. We don’t care what you think about us: we demand entry into your country. And if you won’t grant us asylum, we’ll just break in.”

If open-borders globalism wins the ideological war, sooner or later it will not matter whether immigrants come here legally. There will no longer be a distinction between the two. And that is the dream of Pueblo Sin Fronteras and the “useful idiots” who have come to the group’s defense: a borderless world.

Security through strength

How did foreign migrants become so bold to believe they have an unqualified right to live in America?

Simply put: weak leadership. The caravan split up, but only after Trump demanded that Mexico take action. He showed some muscle, and Mexico responded.

Weak immigration enforcement has convinced foreign migrants that they can expect to come here illegally and not be held accountable. Weakness put us in our present situation, and we need strength going forward.

This caravan may have been derailed, but 1,000 migrants is just a drop in the bucket. Hundreds of thousands are still apprehended at the border every year, and those rates are once again trending up.

More than tough talk is needed now; the border must be secured to put an end to the invasion.


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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.