Maddoggbuttkickin’Brown’s guest writer, Thomas H. Johnson
In commenting on the back and forth televised political wrangling regarding the immigrant infant children separated and placed in internment facilities due to parents violating the law by crossing the U.S. border, a certain fallacy must be addressed. First of all, the government of the United States ordered immigration and border control agents at ports of entry to turn immigrants back and tell them that they would not be allowed to enter the United States.
Immigrants allegedly seeking asylum from violent gang terrorism in their own respective countries from MS-13 and 18th Street highly organized gangs, had a right to present their cases for asylum at these official ports of entry. Thus. none of the immigrants could have been determined to be in the U.S. unlawfully until they were allowed to present their case for asylum. The petition for asylum is a fundamental provision of international law for which all civilized nations including the U.S. are signatores.
Thus, whether these immigrants came across the border through other routes beyond the ports of entry we argue that they should not have been charged with a crime nor separated from their children because of a catch-22 fabricated trap chaotically enforced to discourage them from coming to the U.S. border. This official action of interning children creating fear we argue does not attack the root of the problem, one which was born in the U.S. These hard core gangs consisting of members often imprisoned in the US for criminal activity were organized in California. Thus, this is a problem born in the US. Then you have clandestine US policy abroad that has exacerbated the politico-socio-economic instability in certain Latin American countries, again placing a large burden of causing the problems in Latin America on our shoulders. As with so many things, the reality of America’s own treadmill of existence even drives the momentum of U.S. street gangs struggle to survive in America. Upon deportation back to these small Latin American countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala these U.S. forged gang members disrupt the governmental infrastructure and social equilibrium of these nations. To that extent it is a U.S. problem that’s been swept under the rug coming back now to haunt us. They use the same tactics that gangs use in the United States, intimidation and lethal force to coerce innocent people to become associated with the interests of whatever gang is controlling a territory where people live.
Certain doctrines and treaties could open the door for the U.S. to intervene to help deal effectively with these problems beyond the sadistic method of damaging families emotionally by separating parents and children. It serves nothing more than someone’s mean spirited vindictiveness to punish impotent women and children who have already made an arduous journey from tyranny only to arrive at the U.S. doorstep to once again be psychologically and physically victimized by additional tyranny from the nation for which they came seeking salvation.
The United States should begin to think in terms of these erudite proclamations encapsulated within documents like the Monroe Doctrine that by the turn of the 20th century more broadly defined the U.S.’s right to wield its might to maintain tranquility and social order in the western hemisphere. Though it was originally in 1823 intended to send a message to European colonizers that now they were put on notice that America would protect the integrity of free nations in the western hemisphere. By the end of the 19th century the U.S. defined its authority on a much broader basis as it related to this region which included Latin and South America. I contend that whether disruptive chaos comes from outside or within the borders of a nation in the Americas that destabilizes the tranquility of a nation the US should potentially intervene due to its disruptive residual effects that impact the stability and tranquility of the United States.
The United States is also a member of the Organization of American States (OAS) which was established in order to achieve among its member states—as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter—”an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.” The OAS proclaims the following essential purposes:
1.) To strengthen the peace and security of the continent;
2.) To promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of nonintervention;
3.) To prevent possible causes of difficulties and to ensure the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the Member States;
4.) To provide for common action on the part of those States in the event of aggression;
5.) To seek the solution of political, juridical, and economic problems that may arise among them;
6.) To promote, by cooperative action, their economic, social, and cultural development;
7.) To eradicate extreme poverty, which constitutes an obstacle to the full democratic development of the peoples of the hemisphere; and
8.) To achieve an effective limitation of conventional weapons that will make it possible to devote the largest amount of resources to the economic and social development of the Member States.”
There is certainly enough justification in these inter-American treaties for these nation states to organize their resources to solve the malignant social problem that is disrupting the functions of these small nations and causing the enormous humanitarian migrations north to the U.S.-Mexico border. All of this adversarial tension simply highlights how the creation of chaos with the separation of infant children from their parents is useful political theater for Donald Trump and his administration to energize his xenophobic base.
However, it shows the great depth of shallowness in terms of addressing the malignancy that has overtaken the United States that is getting worse. This problem needs all hands of the United Nations on deck to solve this problem. The UN should be endowed by other wealthier nations to negotiate a land lease with the owners of land on both sides of the Rio Grand river. This land should, in my opinion, be developed into a habitable UN residential community for refugees, providing for the general welfare, health, and security for all that come to it.
T.H. Johnson has been a 22 year investigator in the OJ Simpson case matter in Los Angeles, CA. He’s written several books on that subject matter and produced a compelling documentary Serpent’s Rising: The OJ Simpson Conspiracy.