What drives a person to leave their home and walk 2,000 miles?
Because it really sucks where they are.
“My child, she suffers from spinal deformity. At each operation, I am told that there is no syringe for the medication or there is no medication for her. I have no money to take her to a private hospital,” one woman says.
I wouldn’t be opposed to a “loophole” in immigration law that would allow a worker’s permit for the parents of a child with a congenital deformity or disease that can be treated here but not in their home country.
A stocky man states, “Lack of jobs, security; we try to start up a small business and they come and destroy it. With the high cost of energy and the high rents, we just can’t make it. We made this decision to build a better future for our children. I am traveling with my entire family.”
Sorry. We have no evidence that any of that is true. It’s possible you just suck at what you do, or you’re lazy. Go home.
“We are not leaving because we do not like this country, but because we have no choice, we need to feed our families,” a young man clarifies.
We have people in this country with that problem as well.
“Asking Trump to not be so cruel to immigrants…all we want to do is work, nothing more.”
Nobody’s cruel to immigrants. Assuming they’re here legally.
Others point out the complicity of the Trump administration in backing the Hernández coup regime: “Open the doors and give us asylum; it is because of his support for our current government that we are in this situation.”
Trump has steadfastly supported the new president, continuing a long and unfortunate tradition of U.S. government backing for right-wing dictators and authoritarians in Latin America. There are major U.S. economic interests in the region.
Exactly. It’s a long and cherished tradition in the US, backing up dictators when economic interests are at stake. (/sarc)
I would like to ask Trump to have a heart. He may have everything, and it may be hard for him to understand, but we just need a job so that we can eat,” shares a young Honduran.
Here’s what will happen if you get here:
- You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find a job
- You’ll pass out when you realize that basic foodstuffs costs 10–100X what they do in your home country
- You find out that living on a minimum wage job isn’t the greatest thing in the world, either.
It is important to remember and remind others that none of these people are planning to cross the border illegally. However, it is equally important to remember that international law guarantees their right to seek asylum. The U.S. has an obligation to consider their claims.
That’s fine. However, none of the examples you’ve given qualify for asylum under current law.
Unless you are native to the Americas, we are all immigrants.
Oh, don’t be silly.