Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
"The fastest way to find out another's true purpose is to call their bluff."
On Saturday, the Associated Press reported that thousands of members of the Central American caravan making their way to the United States rejected an offer by Mexican officials for shelter, medical attention, schooling, and jobs in exchange for seeking asylum in Mexico rather than proceeding to the United States. The response allegedly delivered via a vote sent a chilling message to Mexican and American officials. In short, their answer was no, thank you. They wanted to continue to the United States
The naive answer is that the individuals traveling in the caravan are so enamored with life in the United States and the opportunities awaiting them that they will strike no compromise towards that end. But there are still another 1,000 miles arguing against them, the word that the United States will not allow them passage and the mobilization of American troops to back it up. Any one of these arguments alone is sufficiently convincing to most, much less the compendium of the three. Additionally, the conditions reports are that the conditions faced by the travelers are grueling.
Is it really plausible that the United States is so attractive to these individuals as to disallow the opportunity for any compromise? A clue to the answer may lie with the agenda of the organizers of the exodus, Pueblos Sin Fronteras. Their stated "Dream" is to "turndown border walls imposed by greed," while their website proudly displays images of individuals climbing over American borders walls.
So, as the migrants turn down humanitarian offers for shelter and jobs one must ask, is their plight really one driven by the promise of economic opportunity, or is it something more sinister? Is it, instead, the object of the manipulation of an organization's political agenda?
With any luck, the answer to these latter questions await the results of an FBI investigation.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.