In February more than 76,000 migrants crossed the Southern border without authorization, an 11 year high.
76,000 illegal immigrants in one month!
This blog is liberal in outlook, and is even run by an immigrant! However, such a big number is shocking. Apparently, while the majority of Latino migrants used to be men, now they are women and children, and, to the disgust of most people, the children are being separated from their mothers and no one seems to know how many separated kids there are, where they have been sent or how to match them up with a parent, so incompetent are the immigration authorities. All we know is that they are scattered and some are being kept in jail cells or “cages”, as Democrats affirm.
The optics are dreadful; the government should be ashamed. But not just the American Administration. The Governments of the Central American countries of origin of the refugees should be even more ashamed, ashamed of their drug economies, the corruption endemic in the region, and the fact that so many citizens are desperate to leave.
Having said this, and sympathized with both the adults and innocent children involved, I still have very mixed feelings about this massive influx of undocumented people. For any country the numbers are huge . How do you cope with thousands of mothers with tiny children? Where do you put them? How will they earn a living with small children to look after?
But there is something else. I came to America in 1994 with a green card wbich I applied for and received before I left my home country. As soon as possible I applied for (dual) citizenship. This turned out to be mind-bendingly bureaucratic and lengthy business. They lost my fingerprints three times. Not a process anyone would enjoy, and quite exasperating. Nonetheless, I struggled through the process and became a US citizen, obeying the law. I therefore feel rather annoyed that so many people should try to enter the country illegally, assume they will get in with minimal checking or surveillance.
The other aspect of all this immigration is the reaction of people who migrated and now have a settled life and jobs. Ask them what they think of the undocumented surge and I bet they would want it curtailed. Why? Because new migrants undercut the wages of more established migrants, which is why immigrants in the UK support Brexit – to reduce the wage competition from East Europeans just arriving.
Life is never simple. But I would maintain that obeying the law, however inconvenient, is the duty of everyone, and of Epicureans in particular. This is because a peaceful and pleasant life is the object of living, and you cannot achieve ataraxia ignoring the law.