The US Has No Qualms About Invading Other Countries
by John Lawrence, June 26, 2018
So why not invade Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and take out M-13. That should solve our immigration problems. Seriously, the migrant/refugee crisis will not abate until conditions improve in those Central American countries. There are just too many poor people in the world who have nothing to lose by risking death to move to an area where they feel they and their families will be better off. The migrant/refugee crisis is happening all over the world - in Europe, for example. Angela Merkel has made deals with Turkey and other countries to cut off refugee routes into Germany. Most European countries, after accepting large numbers of immigrants, have strengthened their borders. Otherwise, most of the Middle East and Africa would have moved there. Why live in a hellhole when you can migrate to a decent country and have a decent life for your family? That is exactly the crux of the matter.
Evidently, the only good paying jobs in Central America are with gangs doing drug and human smuggling. If the US took pains to improve the lives of the poor living there, they would probably not migrate here. But the US has its own internal refugee crisis - the homeless. And there is nowhere for them to go to improve their lives. Basically it's the same situation all over the world, and it'll only be exacerbated by the climate crisis. Poor people want a better life. So far the world's rich countries, the chief among them being the US, have done little or nothing to improve poor peoples' lives either here or abroad. The US puts primary emphasis on defense, in other words, keeping poor people in their places so they can't harm us. The US policy is to make the world safe for rich people, not to help the poor and the struggling. "Give me your poor, your huddled masses etc" is so passe. It's not what the US is about nor has it been about for many years.
The US needs to help Central American countries to improve the lives of poor people and get rid of the gangs who make a good living bringing drugs and people to the US. If economic conditions improved there, the migrant/refugee crisis at the southern US border would ameliorate. Of course, the US has a right to territorial integrity. That's where Trump and his base are right. However, there is a moral imperative to help others improve their lives in situ. Otherwise, the crisis will not abate. That goes for the homeless crisis in the US as well. Capitalism can only go so far to improve peoples' lives, but it is not far enough without precipitating the crisis of the poor and dispossessed all over the world. Beating our swords into plowshares would be a good first step. We spend much to much money on the War Department and not enough on the Peace Department. Oh, I guess that doesn't even exist. Silly me.