When I first wrote about the border with Mexico it was about people in this country illegally who were being deported from the United States being dumped at the border without any identification papers or money by ICE. They were caught up in the legal justice system for something as simple as a traffic ticket. There is a lot of rhetoric coming from the president about the “invasion” coming up from Mexico. The migrant group has now swelled to over 15,000 people. Once again a president is sending military troops to provide logistical support to the Border Patrol. There is the talk of tent cities to be set up as “temporary” detention facilities as not to separate families while they are being processed.
In 1980 the Mariel boatlift began when Fidel Castro allowed 124,000 Cubans including criminals, the sick both mentally and physically to leave Cuba and come to America on up to 1,700 small boats. All of this occurred between April and October of that year. The Marielito’s as the refugees were called were assimilated into our society with minimal problems for Americans. There was no breakdown of our way of life, no outbreaks of diseases from the refugees. I now listen to the politicians saying that the people coming this way are bringing these things with them including Middle Easterners thrown in for good measure.
The migrant caravan will not go away because we don’t want to be invaded by those who for the most part only want a chance at a better life here for themselves and their families. Is America returning to its racist past for the survival of those who want to minimize the non-white hordes from what Trump described as s#!thole countries? What will play out in the coming months on the border will define who we are as a nation moving forward.