Throughout the Trump presidency, the Mainstream Media (MSM) relentlessly criticized Trump’s immigration policy, often showing pictures of minors in cages to make their broader point. Notwithstanding the glaring omission that the pictures used by MSM were from the Obama administration, the immigration issue was central to the left’s framing of Trump as fascist. Among the undecided voters with whom I spoke during 2020, the kids-in-cage issue was a primary reason for choosing a ''more compassionate'' Biden.
Historically, Democrats have opposed illegal immigration. As recently as 2006, many Democrats fought tooth-and-nail against illegal immigration due to concerns surrounding low-wage competition to their union base. Now they are the party of open borders.
What changed? In one word: demographics. For the left, the debate is no longer about public policy implications; it is about politics. The platform is about giving future presumed Democratic voters the right to vote. With as many as 22 million people residing within our borders illegally, the left sees its path to power. Consequently, the script has flipped from support for progressive ''heroes'' like Cesar Chavez, who persecuted illegal immigrants, to persecution of those who dare question the open-border ideology. This shift in focus removes from the conversation the bipartisan sentiment of and collaboration for human flourishing for children in their home communities.
Once the Democrats embraced open borders, it was only a matter of time before their acquisition of power would lead to a border surge, the highest in over two decades. The man who promised us trust and transparency is preventing senators and even his allies in the media from having access to detention centers. Overwhelmed and embarrassed, the Biden administration is on pace to set records for placing kids in cages.
The all-out embrace of illegal immigration on the left and the highly visible ramifications offer a golden opportunity to the Republican Party. Conservative talking points on the issue are mostly centered on violence and job loss caused by illegal immigration. To win over undecided ''compassion voters'' and to grow the new coalition of Hispanic voters in states like Florida and Texas, Republicans must complete the other half of the strong border argument.
In 2001, at 18 years old, I lived for six months in Guatemala doing work with a nonprofit ministry. Although I left Guatemala to return home, Guatemala never left me. The faces of the fatherless children I met live permanently in my heart. Eventually, in graduate school at Georgetown, I focused my thesis around homicide rates in Central America. Three nations in Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — known as the Northern Triangle,' are much more violent than their neighboring countries.
To conduct my research, I would take several trips to Guatemala to study and witness the variables that made the region so violent. As I prepared to launch a new nonprofit, my visits were concentrated on the nation’s most violent zones. Although there was plenty of poverty, illiteracy, malnourishment and income inequality, the most consistent variable plaguing the streets of Guatemala was fatherlessness.
As fathers are leaving Guatemala en masse, the region is experiencing record levels of violence. About 95% of murders remain unsolved and unprosecuted. Economics play a major role in motivating fathers to flee. Although some families are lucky enough to see their fathers return home from the U.S. after years of work, others never hear from their fathers again. Despite the increased income from remittances sent back by most fathers, the mass exodus of fathers has not improved the overall prospects for their families left behind.
For minors, the journey is even more perilous. A staggering 60% to 80% of girls making the journey through Mexico are raped. As a preventative measure, some take contraceptives beforehand. Many of the coyotes hired by these desperate families form part of the human trafficking network full of drug cartels and gangs.
For far too long the family left behind has been left out of the immigration conversation. Open borders destroy families and by that measure the Biden administration is well on its way to setting records.
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Jonathan Jakubowski is the Author of a newly-released book that has gained national attention, "Bellwether Blues, A Conservative Awakening of the Millennial Soul." More information about Jonathan may be found here. Read Jonathan Jakubowski's Reports — More Here.
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