Wendy no longer worries that when her sons leave the apartment in the morning, they may never make it to school. Memories of the gangs that haunted their lives in Honduras are slowly receding into the past.
The family fled its home last year after gang members tried to recruit the boys, threatening them with death if they did not join. They received asylum in Mexico, making them among the country’s newest residents…
The United States has long been the dream destination for many Latin American migrants, whether fleeing poverty, political unrest, natural disaster or violence. But now a growing number of migrants are putting down roots in Mexico, legally or illegally, instead of using it as a thruway to the United States…
In recent weeks, yet another factor has begun to weigh on some northbound migrants: President Trump. Even if all the details of his recent policy declarations on immigration have not yet permeated the migration grapevine, his longstanding promises to restrict immigration have fueled a growing perception among migrants that the United States is becoming far less hospitable to immigrants, documented and undocumented alike.
“Here, at least, the people like you, they help you,” said Josué, 31, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras staying at Casa del Migrante, a migrant shelter here in Saltillo. “Why would you want to go to a country that doesn’t like you?”
There was a Mexican illegal a while back who bit a piece of his roommate off when they argued over President Trump. That is how freaked out he was over the thought of going back to Mexico. When I heard about that, I thought how Mexico must be bad. Imagine what Honduras is like, if it makes Mexico look like a paradise.
The interesting part is, notice how sensitive the r-strategist migrant is to images of attitudes in lands they are thinking of migrating to. If I wanted to go somewhere, I’d go. I would almost expect the population to be hostile, and I would operate on arrival as if they were. But not r-strategists. They need total ease, and complete assurance of safety and happiness at the very outset. The slightest imagery of hardship and they are put off.
Just as liberals get amygdala hijacked at any image of out-grouping, r-strategists migrants who see images of a nation hostile to them will change plans, and instead try to migrate to somewhere that is more friendly.
That inability to tolerate adversity and aggressive conflict is a trait of the r-selected migrant, just as it is a trait of the liberal political ideologue. When the right begins to fight back aggressively against leftist violence, the leftist movement will evaporate, just as r-strategist migrants flee their lands at the first sign of hardship and aggression.
It is instructive to the right-leaning ideologue that creating images of hostility to migrants will help to dissuade r-strategist immigration before it happens. It also points out the powerful effects we are probably seeing now, as images of heavily armed ICE agents grabbing up migrants are being broadcast throughout the world.
Let the leftists cherry pick cases to publicize and whine about, because in foreign countries, potential migrants are deciding that the trip is not worth the effort. The more that the cases the media picks emphasize some innocent woman who wasn’t hurting anyone, and the more the media tries to make the actions seem unfair and arbitrary, the more the migrants overseas will conclude that they will be a target – and conclude they are best off staying home.
With President Trump, the winning never stops.