Yablo wrote:Anyone taking children through the desert and/or any other dangerous situation with the intention of circumventing U.S. immigration law is not seeking asylum, and they do not have the children's best interests at heart.
I suppose it's possible someone putting children through an unnecessary risk with the intention of skirting a law doesn't automatically equate to not having the children's best interests at heart, but if not, it's still a pretty misguided and self-centered way of seeking their children's welfare.
If the goal is honestly to seek asylum, anyone sneaking across the border in violation of immigration law can really only be doing it out of ignorance of the easier and legal way.
The fact that you're privileged enough to find doing so unimaginable doesn't actually count as a citation, btw.
Please don't assume I've somehow been given any special rights or unearned advantages. I am thankful to have been fortunate enough to have been born in a country I don't feel the need to flee.
If I did feel the need to leave the United States and seek asylum, I would do so legally, and I certainly would never put my wife or son through a dangerous wilderness run to cross a border illegally when I have the option to do it safely and legally instead.
trpmb6 wrote:I actually think they are fed a lot of misinformation about what will happen when they cross the border. The coyotes get them across and then it's just a "walk north" until someone finds you and say you are seeking asylum.
I tend to agree though, if you're truly seeking asylum you shouldn't have marched north from honduras through other countries. You should have gone to the US embassy in Honduras. That's one of the main reasons for having an embassy - other than to service our own citizens while abroad.
Oh, I have no doubt they are fed misinformation. If the coyotes are charging enough to make it worth their while to smuggle people across the border, they've got to convince the people they're smuggling that the coyote's service is needed and that everything will be golden once they're safely across. That makes it the job of the U.S. State Department and its counterparts to ensure people are properly educated on the situation.
trpmb6 wrote:If you are facing a credible death threat, the most sensible action is to go straight to the embassy. Not march thousands of miles north on the hopes you'll make it. I don't even know how that can be argued against.
Definitely. I spent about two weeks in South Korea several years ago, and before I ever left the U.S., I made damned sure I knew where the embassy was in relation to my hotel and the most direct route for getting there.