Tuesday, June 26, 2018 – The immigration tragedy in Central America is having effects far beyond America’s politics. President Trump is correct in pushing his border control policies. Yet, there is the human component that, just as we send American troops to the Middle East to push back those Sharia law proponents in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and other places, we are unable to do the same for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other politically backwater countries including Mexico. It is not our job to rid those countries of their criminal elements. But people fleeing to America are doing so not just for their personal safety but because of our freedoms, including those that allow Americans the constitutional protection to shoot back when criminals come at us with guns.
As you listen to the 11-year old boy explain his fear of being killed, it is difficult to imagine such a thing happening here. But the savage groups that that make up Mara Salvatrucha (MS), also known as MS-13 (the 13 representing their Sureño – Mexican mafia – affiliation), is an international criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, in the 1980s and whose gang activities have now spread to the Eastern U.S., is only a mild alert to how they control the Central American population.
The governments of those small countries are to blame. They are ineffective in their ability to stamp out criminal gangs due to their own corruption. Those fleeing their birth places are unable to head south to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama for protection leaving only a thousand-mile escape route through Mexico to the safety of the United States their only recourse. Unless those gang-controlled countries appeal to their fellow members in the otherwise worthless United Nations to allow uncorrupted militaries of both North and South America to weed out and destroy the gangs, there are no other easy answers that will allow those unfortunate immigrants to return to their birthplaces.
Remember that the next time some of your liberal American friends want to debate the necessity of the Second Amendment.