Nothing New: The Central American Humanitarian Crisis is 30 Years Old, Why Are We Having Problems Now?

img-undocumented-workers-cross-from-mexico-illegal-immigration-getty_054021770795.jpg_item_largeEditor’s Note: This article looks back at the history of the unrest in Central America and illegal immigration through the U.S.-Mexican border. It also provides a candid examination of the current influx of “undocumented migrants”.

It’s been fun to watch the media discuss the border crisis in real time, improvising their arguments on the fly. Let’s try A, and if that doesn’t work, we’ll try B.

First, they said there was no surge at the border — it was a phony crisis manufactured by the Drudge Report. The facts on the ground quickly made that argument inoperable.

Next, liberals told us these “undocumented migrants” (the PC phrase for “illegal aliens” — because we’ll never figure out what that means) were mere children fleeing violence and drug cartels.

Then we found out that more than 80 percent of the “children” were teenage males, some being recruited for the homicidal Central American gang MS-13, right there in the detention facilities.

(Suspiciously, liberals’ wailing about a “humanitarian” crisis began immediately after Sen. Chuck Schumer emerged from a meeting with Democratic number-crunchers figuring out exactly how many more Latin American voters they’ll need to take Texas and Florida.)

Why would there be a humanitarian crisis now? Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — where most of the migrants are coming from — have been hellholes forever, even longer than Detroit.

The “horrendous civil wars in Central America” were a major topic during the presidential debates between Reagan and Mondale — and that was in 1984. Mondale campaigned on conditioning aid to El Salvador on disbanding that country’s “most lawless and notorious security forces” and bringing to justice the murderers of American nuns. Those guys are putting in for their pensions by now.

In 1992, Noam Chomsky described El Salvador and Guatemala as “murderous terrorist state(s),” adding that human rights abuses in Honduras were worse even than in Panama under Noriega.

So what’s new now?

Liberals finally settled on complaining that if only we’d passed “comprehensive immigration reform,” none of this would have ever happened. Why not a global warming bill? That might be nutty, but at least it wouldn’t be the exact opposite of the truth.

We are not dealing with a delicate point of logic here, some tiny flaw in liberals’ reasoning, where they neglect to consider this or that aspect of a situation. This is something I don’t recall encountering before. It’s anti-logic.

The Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill would have made this crisis 10,000 times worse than it already is.

The precise reason our borders are besieged is that the 11 million to 20 million “undocumented migrants” currently living here seem just a few more bad Marco Rubio speeches away from being legalized. And the reason they entered the country undocumentedly is that Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens in 1986.

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