How Can We Say ‘No’ to the ‘Refugee’ Caravan?

By John Zmirak Published on October 20, 2018

A caravan of “refugees” from Central America marches toward the U.S. Its members wave the flags of the nations they claim are persecuting them. (That’s the only legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.)

Which seems kind of … weird. I wasn’t there at the time. But I don’t think the ships full of Jewish refugees from Germany which Roosevelt cruelly turned back were bedecked with Nazi flags. Nor had those Jews been safe and protected in Cuba or Canada, but then insisted on sailing for greener shores. They were real refugees, hunted by an evil government. And thousands of them got sent back to Germany, which murdered them.

What’s happening today is utterly unlike that. It’s not a refugee crisis but a kind of invasion. Take a look at what we might face:
 


 Shopping for Welfare Benefits

Let’s pretend that these were ever genuine refugees. (As opposed to economic migrants.) They lost that status the moment they set foot in the “first safe country.” That’s international law. They don’t get to shop around for nations of refuge with more generous welfare systems. That’s not how this works.

President Trump has put Mexico on notice. Not one of these people should ever set foot on our soil. He needs to use the military to make sure that doesn’t happen. And Congress must give him the money to build a Wall for next time.

But the left has adopted a radical theory. For all its moralizing, pretentious rhetoric, it boils down to the same message that Antifa likes to chant: “No Trump, No Wall, No U.S.A. at all!”
 

 
That message goes far beyond Portland’s hooded radical mobs. It’s effectively the platform of influential Christians.

Radical Bishops Taking Aim at America

Think I’m kidding? Take a gander at a conference from 2017. Its leaders? Some 24 U.S. Catholic bishops, and a prominent Vatican cardinal, Peter Turkson. Leading it was far-left activist Latin American group, PICO. That group laundered money from George Soros via corrupt, anti-Semitic, Leninist, sex abuse-enabling Cardinal Maradiaga of Honduras.

As I wrote last February, that conference

included not just the cardinal and the bishops, but staff from the Vatican department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development [CCHD].

The CCHD is the organization that radical Saul Alinsky personally helped left-wing Catholics to design, as the exposé A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing documents. The Chicago branch of the CCHD, with the approval of then Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, cut the check that sent the young Barack Obama to his first Saul Alinsky “community organizing” school.

Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity. Support The Stream »

Another group that took part in the “Meeting” was PICO, the Latin American far-left organization that used George Soros’ money to spin Pope Francis’ 2015 U.S. visit as a boost to Democrats in the 2016 election.

The conference closed with a manifesto. Its central claim was this:

Racism and all forms of human hierarchy, whether based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, arrest and conviction records, immigration status, religion or ethnicity are immoral.

On this I observed:

So every form of distinction we make among people is equally as evil as racism. It’s sinful to distinguish at the polling place between illegal aliens and legal voting citizens; in hiring between murderers and veterans; in seminary admissions between gay and straight men.

“Your Country Is Hell. Let Us In!”

The bishops went on to claim:

The lack of good jobs, affordable housing and clean water and air is literally killing people. Racism is stripping Black, Latino, Asian, Muslim and Native people of their humanity and fueling police abuse and mass incarceration, and fueling a crisis of homelessness and displacement. Raids and Trump Administration Executive Orders are scapegoating immigrants and ripping families apart.

I asked:

Does this seem to you like a fair description of life in today’s America? Why do millions of people want to leave countries like Mexico, and risk their lives to illegally enter such a dystopian nightmare society?

How evil is America? Here’s another quote from the conference:

The system’s gangrene cannot be whitewashed forever because sooner or later the stench becomes too strong; and when it can no longer be denied, the same power that spawned this state of affairs sets about manipulating fear, insecurity, quarrels, and even people’s justified indignation, in order to shift the responsibility for all these ills onto a ‘non-neighbor.’

Now that quote is really special. It doesn’t come from the bishops. Pope Francis wrote it himself. He sent it in a message of support for the conference.

A Plan to “Disrupt Trump”

Nor did the churchmen stick to theory. They offered a practical action plan:

We urge every faith community, including every Catholic parish, to declare themselves a sanctuary for people facing deportation. … All cities, counties and states should adopt policies that get ICE out of our schools, courts and jails, stop handing over people to ICE …

We must put our bodies, money and institutional power at risk to protect our families and communities, using tools that include boycotts, strikes, and non-violent civil disobedience. As Bishop Robert McElroy said to us, “We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our communities to deport the undocumented, to destroy our families. We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men & women as a source of threat rather than children of God. We must disrupt those who would take away healthcare, who would take food from our children.

We ask our Catholic Bishops to write a covenant that spells out specific actions that dioceses and parishes should take to protect families in the areas of immigration, racism, jobs, housing and the environment.

Step back from the sheer madness of all that for a moment. How do we forthrightly answer such demands? What moral backing can we offer for using legitimate force to stop mass invasions of our country like this “refugee caravan”?

What moral backing can we offer for using legitimate force to stop mass invasions of our country like this “refugee caravan”?

Property Rights for Citizens

The answer is clear. We should see our nation as the extension of each of our private homes, writ large. Does each of us have a duty to let anyone who claims to be homeless come and camp out in our living rooms? Of course not. So why are we as a nation bound to do the same, on a massive scale? The answer is: We aren’t.

We have the right to use reasonable force to restrain an invasion. We must be humane and careful, but also firm. We should treat our common national home as something more than a holding tank for millions of strangers. Instead, it’s a locus of love, like a family estate inherited from great-grandparents, lovingly treasured, cared for, and gently improved when needed. It’s for people of every race and creed, but not for anyone at all on the face of the earth who decides to show up and demand admission. 

If a citizen’s home is his castle, his country is his sanctuary. Voting democratically, we have the right to determine who comes and goes. And a duty to future generations not to leave the place in ruins.

Print Friendly
Comments ()
The Stream encourages comments, whether in agreement with the article or not. However, comments that violate our commenting rules or terms of use will be removed. Any commenter who repeatedly violates these rules and terms of use will be blocked from commenting. Comments on The Stream are hosted by Disqus, with logins available through Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or G+ accounts. You must log in to comment. Please flag any comments you see breaking the rules. More detail is available here.
  • tz1

    So we should nuke Mexico – Sara Carter said to declare the Mexican Drug Cartels that are supplying Fentanyl that is killing tens of thousands of Americans a year – as terrorists.

    Well, the Guatemalans, Hondurans, etc. apparently see Mexico as a lower level of hell, so if Mexico is so evil, shouldn’t we do to it what we have done to Russia, Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq…?

    If they need asylum, they can seek it in Mexico. Or go south instead of north – is Panama some cacastan?

    • you clearly seem upset and shaken about something.

      First you blame every Christian for abortion, then blame every Christian for war in general, and now you are blaming countries for self-defense.

      At least you stopped refering to yourself as “we.”

  • Paul

    As Nancy Reagan once advised, just say no

  • Cody

    Maybe we should seize all of George soroses assets to pay for all the people he is paying to come here also the DNC and the Clinton foundation should be sucked dry, then we should pass some laws that no immigrants can ever vote, and while we’re at it every democrat should have to take one immigrant into their home and provide care for them, after all they are the ones who want them here, if this were possible the dog would be howling a different tune, ha ha wishful thinking.

  • Cody

    Lets bring half of our military home and use the southern border for the new training grounds for our military. land minds fighter jets and a few tanks would deter most, and any who do get through could go to a labor camp for a year to help pay for the new wall before we send them back this should be a good deterrent.

  • Dave

    We like ourselves. We think we’re important. We only pay attention to what affects us. We see people at the border trying to get in, but we intentionally blind ourselves to what’s behind those people.

    I used to visit a small town in Central America. It’s off the beaten path, and has pretty much avoided the gang violence. I just heard yesterday that the only Pharmacy in town has been asked to pay a gang tax. That’s when if you don’t pay, they kill you. In the city probably every business down to the taxi drivers has to pay a gang tax. The most recent election was not only unconstitutional, it was hacked thereby permitting the incumbent president to be a dictator. The OAS was investigating millions and millions of dollars pilfered from the social security fund until Congress passed a law halting any investigation.

    In Mexico the body of the founder of Mexican women’s soccer was found wrapped in plastic with signs of being tortured to death. She owned a beauty salon and got involved in soccer for her daughter who scored an awesome goal in the women’s world cup three years ago. But we don’t care about any of that, just that we want to build a wall to keep out anyone who tries to flee.

    • Anne

      I could not disagree with you more, Dave, and I get it…you are thinking and speaking with your heart. Your statement, “But we don’t care about any of that, just that we want to build a wall to keep out anyone who tries to flee.” is untrue and unfounded. We have laws in place to allow for orderly immigration leading to citizenship, don’t we? And at this point, the current administration is trying to reconcile this debacle. I grieve thinking about families locked into a socialist, fearful, godless environment; but, rather than slamming a president and his advisors about their perceived heartlessness, I’m going to commend them for sticking to the vetting process that allows current citizens to remain safe in their own country, and pray for both our admin and those truly trying to better their lives, not those coming to create havoc. Thoughts?

      • Dave

        “Thoughts?”
        This is what I was talking about. This only cares about her country. Have a vetting process. Not one thought is given to helping the people address the problems in their respective countries. Sad.

        • Jim Walker

          This is not true. These people should just get in line, wait for their turn.

        • wisething2do

          Dave, you have no idea what other thoughts Anne or anyone else might be having. Quite presumptuous of you to think you know what their thoughts and intentions are. You declare your own self-importance by proclaiming your ability to know what others think and believe. Hypocrisy, I’d say.

          Anne was quite gracious in her response to you. I hope you can learn from that example.

        • cheryl

          Why is it OUR job? If they can organize to the tens of thousands they can organize to overthrow a corrupt govt. and gangs.

          • Dave

            I remember one time in Chiapas people protested their land being confiscated by PEMEX. They took over a small town and used a radio station to announce their requests. Things were going well until the US provided attack helicopters showed up and started strafing the revolutionaries.

            In Honduras they elected a good president. In 2009 a military coup overthrew him. The Obama administration couldn’t wait to establish relations with the new leaders. Then last year they were in the process of electing another good leader. But the computers crashed. When they came back up the next day, the incumbent suddenly started winning. Dozens of protesters were assassinated by the new dictatorship. The Trump administration rushed to congratulate the dictator

            The fact is that when you tell them to overthrow their corrupt government, you’re telling them to fight against the US. If you would withdraw your involvement in these countries, then they might have a chance

      • dave is a known leftist troll.

        • Anne

          Thanks, Nigel. This info will encourage me to pray louder and more frequently for Dave!

    • AndRebecca

      The Marxists and drug cartels have been doing this damage in Central and South America for years and the US has been doing things to try and stop it – like closing the borders to drug traffickers- and we get criticized for that from the Bishops and others. I see the immigrants marching in our streets against our country after they get here! What is that all about?

      • Dave

        Why don’t you go ask them what that’s all about? Why are you bothering me with it?

        • AndRebecca

          Why did you comment if you don’t want to be bothered?

          • Dave

            I’m not among those marching in your streets against your country. I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY’RE DOING THAT. GO ASK THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • AndRebecca

            So are you from Russia?

          • Dave

            What? Are you writing a book or something?

          • AndRebecca

            Yes, I’m writing a book. You made a comment in order for people to notice you, right? I’m noticing.

      • Islam_Is Islam

        AndRebecca: We have the CCC 2241 in the second paragraph that gives the duties of the IMMIGRANTS. That part of the CCC kind of goes unmentioned by the USCCB. We can point it out to them without let up. Thank you for your work. Hope you aren’t put off by my moniker. it’s similar to truth is truth. In other words while there may be moderate/peace loving Muslims, there is no moderate/peaceful Islam.

        • Cody

          Exactly, right on.

    • Irene Neuner

      Do you acknowledge that there is a being who desires to turn every nation into a Haiti, a North Korea, a Honduraus?

    • There is no requirement for marxist hijra to be accepted.

      The first thing communists do, going back to proto-communists Fabians and mohammed and napoleon, is invade nearby countries with exiled prisoners and subversives. Then when the country is weak, they intend to march their army in and steal resources because communism is demonically absurd and cannot sustain itself.

      • Pete A Erkeneff

        What happenedshould when Napoleonpolice invaded Russia?

    • Kevin Carr

      I understand those fleeing, however, when we are unable to vet those wishing to enter, then some bad actors can/ and some enter. It is not racist to build a wall and control your borders. I bet you lock the doors to your home at night or when you are away. Not because you hate those outside but because you care about those inside or at least yourself. The Katie Steinle’s and Jamiel Shaws of this country deserve protection within their own country from those that would enter illegally and could do any of us harm (MS-13, possible terrorists, drug traffickers). Many of those countries do not wish our help only our finances, essentially welfare. Certain forms of government and types of economies do not lend themselves to the betterment of it citizens. Also, God cannot be left out, At America’s inception it was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, God was at least acknowledged by some, while not perfect there was an attempt to live by godly principles. Even with that I do believe God rewarded this country. Our history is shorter than many countries but we came much farther, faster than most and became a world leader in many areas. Now we have pushed God out and are paying for it. It would seem a return for this country and a turning by others to the God of the Bible would be in order.

    • Jim Walker

      Please request at least 10 of them to stay in your house and we can talk later. Action speaks louder than words dave.

  • pablocruize

    Enshrine US values such as economic freedom and individual liberty in Central America or North Africa and you will create a prosperous thriving culture. Or transfer North African and Central American political values to the US and destroy the hope of freedom for everyone on the planet.

  • Up_Words

    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is THE POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION for everyone who believes, . . . (Romans 1:16)

    While it is true that this article highlights “Catholic” attempts at social change, I cannot help but notice that the real reason cited by persons crashing border fences and risking life and limb to come into this country is that they are fleeing what a WSJ article labels “the murder capital of the world,” in the Central & South America. Government corruption and gang violence torture their vision of the future, as they gain access to modern technology that grants images of a better life, further north of them.

    I commend attempts at secular social change, but in all honesty must confess that the truly big guns, for change, are those found in what truly made this country great. As de Tocqueville observed: America [was] great because America [was] good. And that “goodness” was birthed in the Great Awakening and application of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing works more effectively in the structuring of an honorable society better than a nation affected by the gospel. No regulation, or legal manipulation, can monitor honesty, among its leaders, better than that of a regenerated conscience affected by the Holy Spirit (John 16:7ff). Reinhard Bonnke has been instrumental in infusing spiritual revival and bringing new life to sub Sahara Africa.

    We need a similar revival in Central and South America.

  • Sapient

    Anybody who supports this invading caravan or anything like it is either so profoundly ignorant that they are a danger to themselves, their household, and their country or they are wittingly complicit in the “No USA at all” mantra. There is nothing in the Bible that compels us to accept invading hordes—on their terms—that demand our jobs, our wealth, and the surrender of our sovereignty. Nations and borders—even language—were created by God. When God gave Israel to to Jews did God tell the Jews to accept all comers, to put them on welfare funded by Jewish citizens, to give anyone and everyone who wants to enter Jewish land a “vote” that puts the invader on par with the Jewish citizen? Did he tell them that Jewish culture should be subordinate to all the cultures that wanted to invade? No country could survive such stupidity! I don’t know which sickens me more: the radical America-hating Leftists that demand anarchy and the destruction of the United States, or cowardly and ignorant Christians that are so easily bullied and cowed by those who would destroy this country. (And to those fools that think we should take in anyone claiming fear of violence…you’d do well to educate yourselves as to how many MILLIONS of people the world over would be able to lay claim to such a thing. You imbeciles better wake up or you’re going to lose your country!)

  • Sapient

    Anybody who supports this invading caravan or anything like it is either so profoundly ignorant that they are a danger to themselves, their household, and their country or they are wittingly complicit in the “No USA at all” mantra. There is nothing in the Bible that compels us to accept invading hordes—on their terms—that demand our jobs, our wealth, and the surrender of our sovereignty. Nations and borders—even language—were created by God. When God gave Israel to to Jews did God tell the Jews to accept all comers, to put them on welfare funded by Jewish citizens, to give anyone and everyone who wants to enter Jewish land a “vote” that puts the invader on par with the Jewish citizen? Did he tell them that Jewish culture should be subordinate to all the cultures that wanted to invade? No country could survive such stupidity! I don’t know which sickens me more: the radical America-hating Leftists that demand anarchy and the destruction of the United States, or cowardly and ignorant Christians that are so easily bullied and cowed by those who would destroy this country. (And to those fools that think we should take in anyone claiming fear of violence…you’d do well to educate yourselves as to how many MILLIONS of people the world over would be able to lay claim to such a thing. You imbeciles better wake up or you’re going to lose your country!)

    • don

      God told his people to kill every man, woman, and child. It wasn’t done and the problems have followed Israel to this day.

  • Steven

    Close the land border with Mexico. Totally, Nothing and no one goes either way. Just like airports, you have to have a visa to get on the plane. That is the law. Mexico will start taking care of the drugs and illegal migration. The military should control the closed border.

  • cheryl

    We’ve gone to war with Mexico before and WON…CLOSE THE BORDER! BUILD THE WALL!

  • don

    My heart goes out to the kids but there is a bigger downside to this whole mess. We don’t know who these people are! We don’t want them or need them…it is an assault.

  • M T

    This seems to make the Catholic Church part of a conspiracy to commit the crime of illegally crossing the US border. RICO laws already exist…

    • Zmirak

      Agreed. I would like to see an investigation.

  • JRW40113

    Easy, NO.

  • Charles R Jones

    How to address the “economic and asylum migration” of the thousands of people claiming asylum such as those in the “caravan” that is intending to invade the US, and how to provide the resources needed to deal favorably with up to 100 million persons intent on making a similar journey to the US in the future:

    1. Identify all the politicians who favor “open borders” and make a list of all of the postal “zip codes” associated with their constituents in their political party.

    2. Identify the names and addresses of all of their local party members (their constituents) in their zip codes.

    3. Using IRS records, rank all of their local party members based on (a) the seniority of the politician, (b) from richest to poorest, and (c) by zip code, creating a complete list of immigrant sponsors.

    4. Produce “Sponsor Certificates” (hard copy or electronic) to give to each of the immigrants and immigrant families as they cross the border and to those already in the US, certificates that identify the individual supporting open borders who is now responsible for supporting them in every way.

    5. Have the National Guard or Army provide (unarmed) excorts and bus or train transportation to the zip codes of their new residences and introduce them to their new sponsors, as indicated on their certificates.

    6. Have the escorts obtain reimbursement from the sponsors for transportation expenses and/or put liens on their homes and/or automobiles to cover the costs.

    7. The escorts can then help the supporting sponsors set up accommodations on their properties or (if a better environment) set up accommodations in the closest college or university property or athletic stadium, as many of the sponsors will likely be employed by or have relatives who are alumni. The escorts may help the sponsors and colleges set up tents, latrines, and outhouses, the costs of which will be charged to the sponsors.

    8. The escorts can then return to the border to get more illegal immigrants to fill up the accommodations of those sponsors and those of new sponsors on the priority-organized sponsor lists and certificates.

    9. The sponsors will then be legally responsible for the welfare, health, housing, feeding, and education of the new dependents that they have decided to so graciously welcome into their neighborhoods, college campuses, and homes. The sponsors will provide this support in perpetuity and for any children born to their new dependents. They will also be responsible for any crimes committed by their new dependents.

    10. Optionally, the sponsors may collect their new charges and provide transportation back to their country of origin. If the same dependents return to the US, they will be provided transportation back to their sponsors, as before.

    So, it is possible to welcome up to 100 million such refugees and asylum seekers without any undue confrontations at the US borders. The responsible persons will be responsible for dealing with their “open borders”, and many lives of poor people from around the world will be improved.

    Those voters who disapprove of open borders will feel minimal impact as they are not responsible for electing politicians who approve of open borders.

    **** A Technidigm On-the-Level Solution involving basic Principles, honorable Objectives, and appropriate Resources, as well as Time and Feedback elements of “common sense.” Feel free to share these ideas. ****

Inspiration
Splinter Versus Beam — What Did Jesus Mean?
Dustin Siggins
More from The Stream
Connect with Us