Recently, quite by accident, I became aware of something which I would have expected to warrant quite a lot of media attention. Perhaps there are continents out there where this frankly startling news was both revealed and pored over, but not, it appears on this one. Europe, one of the main crucibles of illegal immigration, Europe, the continent which is paying the price for the US expansion of ‘democracy’ in Africa and elsewhere, Europe, where immigration continues to raise its ugly, unlawful, dangerous, divisive head, seemed to not notice as the news floated by.
The news in question relates to Kamala Harris. The woman who will, presumably, tip the mummy that is Joe Biden out of his bath chair and into the bath water at a pre-determined time. Harris is, as we all know, a Democrat. She’s the Vice-President of the USA. She’s the woman whom ‘Bewildered’ Biden asked to take on the problem of migrants attempting to enter the US via the southern border. That request was made in March of this year. The Biden administration, so vehement in its condemnation of Trump’s policy regarding migrants attempting to cross the US southern border, succeeded in initially sending a distinct message which was seen as the opposite of Trump’s message.
Migrants travelling from as far as Honduras saw Biden’s election as representing the changing of Trump’s red light for a green light:
“(Biden) is going to help all of us, he’s giving us 100 days to get to the US and give us legal papers, so that we can get a better life for our kids, and for our families.”
That, of course, is not a message that any US president, irrespective of party affiliation, would ever come close to condoning. It looks good as an electioneering headline, setting Biden up as the diametrical opposite of Trump, but the implications of such a message being transformed into policy are so frightening that no US administration, not even a democrat-led administration would ever do anything but pay lip service to the idea.
The idea of lip service has been underlined in that the trip to Guatemala that Harris has just completed is the first trip abroad she’s made as vice president. The signs, however, were already there, even if they weren’t reported widely, and even if they didn’t reach the ears of the migrant caravans emboldened by Biden’s election. As president-elect, there were clear signs that Biden’s posturing was merely for the cameras – having won the election, Biden stated that he would not follow through on his initial pledge to rescind Trump’s immigration policies and would instead work together with Congress to secure funding for asylum judges to hear the backlog of cases. Hardly the same as the election promise, this is a far more sober line from the Democrats.
Biden’s election promise, however, is blamed for the surge in migrant children being funnelled to the US border by Mexican people smugglers.
Whilst the Biden administration is turning away many of the thousands of migrants attempting to gain access to the US, they are allowing the record numbers of unaccompanied minors into the country. As might be expected, this policy has led to tens of thousands of migrant children having to be housed and cared for by the US state. Faced with the consequences of their election promises, the Biden administration lashed out, rather illogically blaming the surge on Trump’s immigration policies, whilst at the same time, starting to alter their rhetoric to move closer to the anti-immigration stance that Trump represented.
Officials at new facilities to house the migrant children indicated that there had been a shift in attitude:
“The focus in the near term will be on stemming the flow of migrants to the U.S.”
And yet, in Europe, we heard nothing of this. How odd.
Considering the pressure of illegal migration that has existed since 2015, considering the Democratic party’s commitment to interfering with everything, considering the US government’s repeated ill-advised determination to somehow export democracy to the tribal societies of the Middle East and beyond, it seems impossible to consider that this, this turnaround in attitude was not picked up on by media outlets on this side of the Atlantic.
The confusion concerning the lack of discussion of this most topical of European topics continued with Kamala Harris’s first foreign trip as vice president. Harris has been stung by criticism of the fact that she had not yet been to visit the US-Mexican border where the number of migrants taken into custody on a monthly basis has risen to its highest levels in 20 years, but she didn’t go to the border. Instead she went to Guatemala.
In Guatemala, she was, unsurprisingly met with placards telling her to “go home”, and that “Trump won”.
A day before Harris travelled to Guatemala, the Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei had blamed Biden, not Trump, for luring people north. Giammattei pointed out what is clear for everyone: that when Biden took over, the invitations were sent out. Trump, let’s not forget, started to build a wall on the border with Mexico to prevent illegal migrants from crossing the border. Biden ended the construction of the wall. Trump instituted a ‘remain in Mexico’ policy which required most asylum seekers to remain in Mexico as US courts processed the validity of their claims of persecution. Biden put an end to that policy, too.
Giammattei pointed out that he and Harris “are not on the same side of the coin” as far as migration is concerned.
“We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” Giammattei stated, continuing to lay the blame for the increase in migrants heading north not on Trump’s policies, but on those of Biden when he came into office: “The message (from Biden) changed too: ‘We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children,’” he stated. “The very next day, the coyotes (people smugglers) were here organising groups of children to take them to the United States.”
Biden issued a flurry of orders to undo what Trump had done. That automatically gave migrants the green light that had been denied them, and they joyfully set out in their thousands. Of course, there is a moral angle to this problem: the fact that the US has, for years, been involved in meddling in the political lives of their southern neighbours. In much the same way as the US set about destroying that which they disapproved of (but which worked) in the Middle East and North Africa, the US has a long history of removing from power those who seek to follow their own path. The difference here, of course, is that the displaced people of Africa are unlikely to head towards the US, when the EU is a far closer and far softer target.
There are, of course, problems littering the approach of the Democrats and liberals to the concept of illegal migration. Both Democrats and liberals are, however, now being forced to strip the emperor bare whilst remaining defiant that, as Democrats and liberals, they can see the emperor’s new clothes are most definitely the dog’s bollocks.
But isn’t claiming to be pro-migration at the same time as being anti-migration an impossible act to perform? Obviously, but at the moment, as indicated by Kamala Harris’s admittedly rather startling statements, that’s what they’re trying to do. Of course, in the long run, that is beyond the realm of possibility. At some point, both the Democrats in the US, and the liberals in Europe will have to face the fact that they cannot simultaneously welcome illegal migrants and still hope to maintain any sort of economic and social balance.
Those who previously acted as cheerleaders for the smugglers who grow wildly rich by encouraging the poor and hopelessly misinformed to risk their lives to travel somewhere where they aren’t welcome, are now slowly coming to terms with the fact that unbridled illegal migration does nobody any favours, with the country of origin and the country of destination suffering as much as the countries which form the path from start to finish.
Typically though, the powers that be, the media, have decided that this volte-face would damage the reputations of the Democrats in the US. In Europe the media have reached a similar conclusion. In Europe, no comments are forthcoming in the media about the fences which have been erected since the Hungarians were crucified for daring to defy the word of Merkel and choosing to defend the southern border of the EU. Look at the countries which have found themselves at the sharp end of the illegal waves of mass migration, and you will see that physical borders are considered de rigueur. Not a peep from the press, though. That would be admitting that the Leftwaffe got it wrong, as they did, spectacularly.
In the US, Kamala Harris is now, in essence, repeating what Trump said about Migration. In Guatemala she had a message for those thinking of attempting migration to the US:
“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come.”
Isn’t that spectacular? A 180º degree turn which, surprisingly, didn’t get the media attention you would have expected? Here’s Kamala Harris, champion of all asylum seekers talking as though she’s taken a leaf out of Viktor Orbán’s book:
“... to help Guatemalans find hope at home.”
That’s the essence of the Hungary Helps programme – take help there rather than bringing trouble here. And yet... not a peep from the media. The whole thing rather swept under the carpet. The media were so concerned with looking the other way that they even forgot to call her a racist. When Trump and the Republicans advocated a strong border policy, they were decried in the media for being racists. Now that Biden and Harris have been forced to face the mess that their immigration meddling has caused, they have resorted to that which Trump advocated. The only difference is the media treatment of the parties involved.
And the dedication to keeping this information on the ‘down-low’ is nothing short of global. Just as the US presumably hears little about the fact that more and more countries in Europe have reacted to masses of migrants trying to storm the continent by erecting physical defences, so we in Europe find ourselves in the odd position of having our attention diverted away from a 180º turn in Democratic policy from something that would warm the cockles of a Leftwaffe member’s heart, to something which is based in the real world.
That said, it’s not over yet. Harris was criticised by Republicans for making a slow start, which is par for the course. However, it was criticism from within her own party which revealed that some Democrats are not yet on board.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the act of seeking asylum at any US border is a fully legal method for entry into the US (provided the asylum seeker is accepted, presumably). AOC’s next point however, was a trickier one:
“Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing.”
Quite. The US has a fair job on its hands to reconcile the decades of interference which, in essence, created virtual colonies full of people who now seek compensation in the form of a self-appointed ‘right’ to what they see as a better chance of life in the very country that hobbled their homelands. Irrespective of the validity of this claim, it does raise the issue of what the European continent might demand in compensation from the US. After all, it was the Democratic tradition of riding roughshod over other sovereign nations in the ridiculous name of ‘exporting democracy’ that led to the seemingly never-ending waves of migrants which have been unleashed on our continent.
Still, don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer to that question. On the plus side, as we’re waiting for a half-decent answer to our question, we can keep on scanning the media for news of Kamala Harris. It might not be forced into our faces as much as other liberal topics tend to be, but there’s gold hidden there, too. In the same week as her disastrous trip to Guatemala, where she dismayed Democrats and migrants and delighted Republicans by revealing that Biden’s advisors were now inclined to follow the path that Donald laid down, Harris participated in a veritable car crash of an interview with NBC. Whilst we’re waiting to hear what compensation the US might offer Europe for unleashing an invading migrant Muslim army upon it, we can wait for Harris to fall. Even as we speak, White House officials have told CNN that they were “perplexed” by Harris’s “ill-prepared answers” in her NBC interview.
Could it be that the replacement for ‘the old man’ might not make it herself? We’ll just have to wait and see. And hope, obviously, that that occurrence generates more media coverage than the adoption of Republican common-sense by Democrats finally faced with the realities of unbridled illegal migration.