Want to live in the U.S.? Go for it

2014-08-14 00:00

THE United States’s borders have dissolved for families with young children from countries that are poor and crime ridden.

This has to be an attractive proposition for South Africans seeking a new life abroad without the tedium of visas and nosy consular officials.

Welcome to the new U.S. where citizens are taking a back seat to the new nobility — illegal aliens.

Extraordinary scenes are playing out on the U.S. border with Mexico. Some quarter of a million illegal aliens have walked, waded or jet-skied across the international boundary so far this year. An unknown number have simply overstayed their visas.

The invasion is said to be a “refugee crisis”, replete with tales of certain death and persecution should the illegals be returned. Yet the heinous regimes responsible for these human rights abuses have yet to be called out by the usual hand wringers. Instead, the White House has fêted their leaders.

Some 60 000 of the new arrivals are work-hungry teenagers designated as “unaccompanied alien children” since they show up without the U.S.’s definition of a legal guardian. In reality most of them are escorted by gangsters known as “Coyotes”. Disturbingly, it is parents or family already in the U.S. doing the hiring of the thugs for up to $8 000 (R85 108) per “delivery”. Some children may even be “rented” to illegals seeking special treatment for family groups.

Mexico’s drug cartels are revelling in the high-margin diversification into bulk human trafficking (a needed break given the U.S.’s drug legalisation trends).

According to the United Nations and many do-gooder organisations, that trade is supposed to be illegal wherever and in whatever form it occurs. Central America seems to have been awarded an exemption.

Trips usually start with a dangerous stint clinging to the outside of cargo trains. The opening journey is facilitated by the venality of Mexico, which provides special 72-hour visas that allow illegals to transit the country to the U.S. border. Don’t linger. Mexico is repressively intolerant of illegal and legal aliens.

The final leg of the trip is to search out the U.S.’s kindly border authorities. They have morphed into a Kafkaesque immigration concierge service, lining up free health care, temporary housing, reliable transport to the destination of choice, promises of legal representation, ample food, and the right to free schooling for children who don’t die in transit.

Illegal crossings will likely swell later this year as temperatures cool, and as source countries receive confirmation that the border is not merely wide open, but paved with freebies and little risk of deportation.

Consequently, an exodus is under way from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Although those three countries dominate the headlines, at least six dozen other countries are represented in the scramble for a presidential amnesty in violation of the U.S. constitution.

The quid pro quo for the amnesty advocates is a new class of dependent future voters, and the insidious spoils of more ethnic Balkanisation. That is one element in a broader strategy by Team Obama to render the terms asylum and refugee meaningless by broadening the definition to include poverty and fear of crime. In other words, most of the world now qualifies for a place in the U.S.

That’s a bizarrely good thing for South Africans who might plead that they are subject to the highest rape rate in the world (by a staggering margin), the 15th worst murder rate per capita (seventh by total murders), and life expectancy at the tail end of the world’s rankings.

We cannot recommend the Mexico option however. Regular arrival, and then asylum seeking, would be less risky. At least the Mexican drug cartels have provided cheat sheets to game the system. Be warned though, South Africans are not the right sort of immigrants desired by the ethnic agitators seeking to erase American sovereignty. — Biznews.

• Tim Wood has been involved with various media enterprises in South Africa and the U.S. for two decades, much of it focused on mining. Wood and his family emigrated to the United States from SA in 2000, and became American citizens in 2010.

• Biznews.com was founded and is edited by Alec Hogg. He can be contacted on Twitter @alechogg and @biznews.com

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