We have heard all the lies being disseminated by the republican President Donald J. Trump that the there’s the real possibility that leftist groups have sponsored the caravan of refugees/ immigrants that are fleeing the violent ridden country of Honduras via Guatemala heading towards Mexico and then to the USA, to ask for asylum which is supposed to be a legal action.
The president knows that the vision of brown refugees, the majority being women and children on a bridge from Guatemala to Mexico scares the anti-immigration faction of his base to where he has to pander to their fear by painting many of them as being criminals, claims which past credible studies have proven to be way overstated.
Recently, he was heard saying that they are coming to the US, so that they can vote for Democratic Party candidates, which he knows full well is NOT TRUE. They. as non US citizens are barred from casting votes.
DEBUNKING IMMIGRATION MYTHS
Immigrants played a leading role in building what has become the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. However, legal immigrants are many times misrepresented or their role in the U.S. economy is misunderstood.
(President Trump immigration policies include decreasing legal immigration by 40- 50%. It is important to debunk immigration myths.)
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS ARE TAKING OVER
“FACT: Immigrants actually only account for 13.5% of the total U.S. population, which is in line with historical norms.”
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS ARE ALL MEXICAN
“FACT: 30% of immigrants come from Asia, and currently more are coming from China than Mexico.”
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS DON’T WORK
“FACT: 72.5% of immigrants believe hard work is how you succeed in America and are responsible for half of the total U.S. labor force growth over the last decade.”
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS DON’T HELP THE ECONOMY
“FACT: Immigrant-owned businesses with employees have an average of 11 employees.”
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS TAKE AMERICAN JOBS
“FACT: 7.6% of immigrants were self-employed compared to 5.6% of native-born Americans and they founded more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies.”
MYTH: IMMIGRANTS AREN’T EDUCATED
“FACT: Recent immigrants are more likely to have college degrees than native-born Americans and are more likely to have advanced degrees.”
Here is the rest of the story…
On October 20, 2018, Linda Qiu of the New York Times published the following fact checked analysis, “Did Democrats, or George Soros, Fund Migrant Caravan? Despite Republican Claims, No” (“President Trump, echoing the assertions of a Republican lawmaker, said that “a lot of money” was given to migrants traveling toward the United States. There is no evidence of that.”)
WHAT WAS SAID
“But a lot of money has been passing to people to come up and try and get to the border by Election Day, because they think that’s a negative for us. … They have lousy policy. The one thing, they stick together, but they wanted that caravan and there are those that say that caravan didn’t just happen. It didn’t just happen. A lot of reasons that caravan, 4,000 people.”
— President Trump, at a campaign rally in Missoula, Mont., on Thursday
This lacks evidence.
“A caravan of migrants is traveling north toward Mexico and the United States — and prompting alarm and false claims from Mr. Trump and Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida.”
“There is no evidence that George Soros, a billionaire and major Democratic donor, paid thousands of migrants to “storm.” Nor is there evidence that Democrats support the effort, as Mr. Trump has said.”
“Mr. Gaetz is wrong about several things in his description of the video he posted.”
“First, it was not shot in Honduras, which he later acknowledged.Google Maps andFacebookphotos place the storefront seen in the video, an auto parts shop, in Chiquimula, Guatemala. AsKirk Semple of The New York Times reported, the migrant caravan was formed last week in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and has made its way north through Guatemala.”
“Second, Mr. Gaetz’s speculation that the migrants were being offered cash to join the caravan by Mr. Soros is unfounded. Open Society Foundations, Mr. Soros’s philanthropic organization, has denied any involvement.”
“Luis Assardo, a Guatemalan journalist, said in an email that he spoke to residents of Chiquimula and was told that some local merchants had given the migrants money while others had offered food, clothing or other help.”
“The video appears to show each migrant receiving a single bill, so the largest amount they could have received was 200 quetzales, equal to about $26. Migrants in the caravan told The New York Times that the Guatemalans generally handed out one or two quetzals, or about 13 to 26 cents — undercutting Mr. Trump’s claim of “a lot of money” exchanging hands.”
“The migrants said they were not paid to join the caravan.”
In an interview, Mr. Gaetz says he now suspects that the men handing out money were cartel members sowing good will.” He is also concerned that American nongovernmental organizations were involved in organizing the caravan, but concedes that “they may not be.” He emphasized that he was merely asking questions — and is “still asking.”
“The notion that refugees will leave their homes solely for a little cash is “crazy,” said Alex Mensing, a project coordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a transnational group that organized the migrant caravan that captured Mr. Trump’s attention last spring. (The group did not coordinate the caravan that is now traveling north, but has been organizing similar journeys for years.)”
“You don’t have to pay people to try to save their own lives,” Mr. Mensing said. “They are fleeing violence, death threats or economic violence.”
“There is similarly no evidence that Democrats “wanted that caravan.” Though Democrats (and many Republicans) oppose the Trump administration’s policy of separating families detained at the border, Democrats have supported legislation to improve border security.”
“Daniel Wessel, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, pointed to legislation proposed in the Senate that tries to “address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis” by expanding refugee processing in other countries and targeting drug cartels.”
“Trump has turned to fear-mongering and conspiracy theories in order to push his anti-immigrant agenda,” Mr. Wessel said.