The Caravan; Options

The Caravan; Options

Bil'in Riot, Jan 2011 Source: Israel Defense Forces-Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Bil’in Riot, Jan 2011 Source: Israel Defense Forces-Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

In 2013 when Obama was still president, I offered a piece entitled Ellis Island del Norte, Ellis C0rral deu Sur laying how we could open an orderly, relatively fast portal coming into the United States, much like Ellis Island stationed just off New York City, where millions would pass through, but also many quarantined and returned. Then some distance from this peaceful portal, we could build a giant corral where the accommodations would be less pleasant, and the journey back South less appealing for those who had been captured here while trying to sneak in.

You may have forgotten that another caravan from Central America, about 1500, approached the United States via Mexico in April, and the Media followed them all the way to Tijuana, with the belief was that many would apply for asylum, then be processed and returned. Then the story  evaporated. “Fizzled” is a better word.

What we learned then was that Mexico was at best a feckless partner in keeping these well-funded caravans away from a border show-down.

So, yes, it’s not just Honduras’ fault, but Mexico’s, that these people are once again on the march and nearing our borders.

Mexico is in a pickle, because the current president, Nieto, is scheduled to leave office Dec 1, just 45 days from now, when the new Mexican president Obrador,  will  move in. Nieto, a young, good looking man, is remembered unfavorably for the corruption of his administration, and of the PRI, the ruling party of  Mexico for most of the period since 1934, while Obrador represents a new Party that has never been in power. A blank slate and while they have spoken on the phone, they have never met.

This makes it difficult for President Trump to put his foot down on the toes of a man who won’t be in office long, and if history tells us anything, from a party who could care less[…]

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