The United States’ border is about to receive over 1,300 Honduran migrants in what they have named the “March of the Migrant”, according to Reuters.
The march was spawned days after Pence met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez asking for help in combating illegal immigration in return for support from the United States government. Pence stated that immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala are up 75%.
This high percentage may have a lot to do with the fact that 64% of Honduran households live in poverty and come from a community of incredibly high crime rates. As American citizens, one can’t help but wonder just how long we can continue to accept others seeking asylum when most of our citizens are struggling economically and socially themselves?
Numbers don’t lie
The United States is currently under siege of homelessness, economic instability, and hunger. Studies held by Move for Hunger show that 1 in 8 Americans live on incomes that put them at risk for hunger, more than 13 million American children rely on food banks for assistance, and 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given night in the US (with 48,000 or 8.5% of all homeless persons being veterans). How can the US continue to support others when its own citizens are in such dire need to receive financial assistance and even food?
We are a nation founded on the idea that we were accepting of those from other lands which were hungry and in need of safety. We thrived as a nation on our ability to provide opportunities for others who were lacking opportunities in their own land. The problem is that we have accepted so many poor people that now we are slowly becoming a land of nothing but poor people. In this mess, we can only wonder where the American citizen will go to seek asylum?
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Trump’s administration proposed $460 million in assistance last year, which is actually 30% less than what was proposed by Obama. Politically, each nation has to give a little to get a little. Politically, each nation has to provide something to the country that it wants something from. We get it. It all makes sense when you view it from a political point of view.
However, how can you explain this to the person on the street in America who fought for this country? How can you explain and justify the political implications of our decisions to a mother on the street of America attempting to find a shelter for her and her children because she lost her job?
It seems we are in need of an overhaul of what it means to provide for both ourselves and others from foreign countries. If we don’t stop to deal with our own needs, we will surely find ourselves having our own ‘March for Migrant’ moments right here in the United States.