Three quick facts:
Immigration is not driving the Hispanic Population Boom in the U.S.
Hispanics who already live here, 80% of which are here legally, are having more babies than anyone else.
In fact, 25% of all newborns these days – 1 in 4 – are Hispanic.
Natural births then, not immigration, are driving the Hispanic growth in the U.S.
The child refugees at our border, 52,000 of them give or take, represent a humanitarian crisis, not a political one. Think about this for a moment… under what circumstances would you send your unchaperoned children, ages 9 and 4, to travel over 1000 miles across 3 countries?
If this was an episode of Family Feud, “Avoid death” would be at the top of the board.
The U.S. had a hand in this mess.
And not an invisible one.
The three countries primarily responsible for the large number of immigrants at our border are Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. If you dig into the history of these countries, you’ll be unsurprised to see American involvement throughout the years.
The most direct way we’re linked is our national drug problem.
America creates the demand.
Latin American countries create the supply.
The history of drugs, guns and power in Latin America has been shaped, in part, by American hands and certainly American minds.
This is a tragic mess all the way around.
Mexico has never had a real border crossing policy to the south and our U.S. border policy is shaped by politics.
And whatever your feelings on Obama are, he’s been historically prolific at deporting Hispanics out of the country.
So what should we do?
I don’t have a single answer, but I have a piece of advice.
Ignore the politics around this.
The sensationalizing from Fox News and CNBC only drive a wedge between what would otherwise be reasonable Americans looking to find resolution to a crisis involving more children than the entire city of Ithaca, New York.
And then take a moment to consider what significance this saying has in your family and among your forebears.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
– Emma Lazarus
Lastly watch this clip of Stephen Colbert.
Humor can help bring things back into perspective.
Click to watch:
Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (www.redanglespanish.com), a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish (and a bit of Polish…) language gap in the construction industry.
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