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Schmidt Wrote: I'll make several comments.
First, these children do indeed fit the category of refugees because they are fleeing violence and possible death in their homeland. And as refugees they simply cross the border at some point and seek out the border guards for their own safety. Unlike undocumented immigrants that are hiding from the border guards, these kids are not hiding. They simply cross the border at some unmanned point, and look for border guards. And once they are in US soil, the border guards cannot send them back across the border. It's as simple as that...it's also the law.
Of course the USA could set up fences across the entire border with Mexico and man it with hundreds of thousands of National Guard troops with guns and bullets and drones. What would that cost? It's stupid to even think about it...and the political repercussions around the world will be enormous. The French will ask for their Statue of Liberty back.
The economic conditions in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatamala are abysmal. Parents are fearing for the death or capture of their children, so many are sending their kids across the border for the safety. They are not sending them here to work.
The economic conditions are a result of drug cartels setting up shop in these countries, having been evicted from Mexico. The way to stop the violence is to stop the drug smuggling into the USA. That is easier said than done as many of the public officials in these countries are also corrupt and have been bought by the cartels...or the cartels have installed their own people directly.
I don't have a solution for that, except to say that America's drug problem is not confined to the USA. It's tentacles extend deep into Central America.
CNN: Drug cartels are causing a refugee crisis
Regarding the population growth rates in these countries, they are not that high. According to the CIA, the fertility rates in these countries are as follows:
El Salvador 1.95
These compare with several African countries with fertility rates in the range of 5 or 6. A fertility rate of between 2.1 and 3 (depending on the economic and health conditions in the country) is needed for zero population growth. USA's fertility rate of 2.01 guarantees that our population will decline in the future unless it is supplemented with immigration.
Oh and the Netherlands fertility rate is 1.78. They will need immigration (perhaps from Africa) to avoid population decline.
The birth rate statistics for these countries pretty much rank with the fertility rates. African countries top the list.
Schmidt's post of 2014 was an early warning about the stupidity about the Trump administration and is policies toward people escaping violence at home.
There is precedent for this issue in history.
A boat carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution is turned away from Havana, Cuba, on May 27, 1939. Only 28 immigrants are admitted into the country. After appeals to the United States and Canada for entry are denied, the rest are forced to sail back to Europe, where they’re distributed among several countries including Great Britain and France.
On May 13, the S.S. St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba. Most of the passengers—many of them children—were German Jews escaping increasing persecution under the Third Reich. Six months earlier, 91 people were killed and Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues were destroyed in what became known as the Kristallnacht pogrom. It was becoming increasing clear the Nazis were accelerating their efforts to exterminate Jews by arresting them and placing them in concentration camps. World War II and the formal implementation of The Final Solution were just months from beginning.
The refugees had applied for U.S. visas, and planned to stay in Cuba until they could enter the United States legally. Even before they set sail, their impending arrival was greeted with hostility in Cuba. On May 8, there was a massive anti-Semitic demonstration in Havana. Right-wing newspapers claimed that the incoming immigrants were Communists.
As a last resort, the St. Louis continued north to Canada, but it was rejected there, too. “No country could open its doors wide enough to take in the hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who want to leave Europe: the line must be drawn somewhere,” Frederick Blair, Canada’s director of immigration, said at the time.
Faced with no other options, the ship returned to Europe. It docked in Antwerp, Belgium on June 17. By then, several Jewish organizations had secured entry visas for the refugees in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The majority who had traveled on the ship survived the Holocaust; 254 later died as the Nazis swept through the continent.