That scary migrant caravan of over 1,700 people making its way through Mexico has been whittled down to a scant 150 as less than 10% of asylum seekers made it to the San Diego entry point.
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The journey of 1,000 miles began with a single stunt, and while a majority of these people may be honorable, well-intentioned hard workers, their plight has been reduced to a gag that is now a punching bag for immigration hardliners. There may be plenty of reasons for people like this to seek shelter in our warm, patriotic and inclusive bosom, but the flashy headline-grab will ultimately make it hard for future asylum seekers as the president fans the flames of pro-wall passion to the detriment of caravanees.
Why are they leaving places like El Salvador and Honduras in droves? Because those once lovely nations have been worn down to grubby nubs that are compromised from the top to the gutter by greedy, murderous, narco-terrorist cartels that have run these decimated dumps into the ground. People are escaping violence, murder, corruption and hollowed-out dens of drug cronyism that buys elections and ruins lives.
Americans demand a lot more drugs than their Central American counterparts, so although they supply our noses and veins with tootski and junk, they don't enjoy the highs but they suffer the lows of systemic corruption at the hands of a black market drug system.
Add to that, America doesn't know what kind of country it wants to be. Are we a nation that freely exchanges ideas, capital, labor and currency, or one that has fallen prey to hypernationalist, isolationist propaganda that sees humanity as a zero sum pursuit?
We have to get better at vetting and welcoming good people who want to work hard and add to the best society that has ever existed, and we can do that by ending the drug war and the entitlement state and allow individuals to make their own decisions about what they snort, who they snort it off of, and where they live.