But Why Is There No “Opportunity for a House” in Guatemala?

The large rally today by illegal “immigrants” (who are actually law-breaking invaders) in Washington DC today was gushingly reported by the Associated Press as a “long and arduous journey from Guatemala to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol,” for illegal immigrant Mayra Ragon, but that the “trip was well worth taking.” The AP report continued:

Ragon was among thousands of immigrants and their supporters who gathered under a hot sun Wednesday to show support for proposals that would grant a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.

Ragon, 30, and her husband, Saul Lopez, 35, live and work in Maryland. Both are in the country illegally. Their daughter, Camila, 3, sitting in a stroller in the shade, was born in the United States. She is legal.

“We came 11 years ago because in Guatemala there is no opportunity to even have a house,” Ragon says. “We came here to find opportunity and to give our daughter a better future.”

Ragon says she and Lopez want to “get papers to be legal, but nobody is helping.”

Rhythmic chants of “Sí, se puede!” (loosely, “yes, we can!”) rang over the lawn. A popular sign was “Ciudadania para 11 million.”

Local bartender Juan Quintanila, 23, rode his bike to the rally. “I’m seeing Mexicans, Peruvians, Panamanians here,” says Quintanila, whose parents are from El Salvador.

Sujey Flores . . . says immigration issues are not just for Latinos. “I see African-Americans, Chinese, Filipinos; not only Spanish people.”


The rest of the AP report continued in the same vein, sympathetic to the rally participants who had descended on the nation’s capital to demand that Congress ignore the fact that they had broken a number of laws and just to “help” them “become legal.”

But somehow, no one points out the obvious: why is there “no opportunity” to get a house in Guatemala? After all, the country became independent in 1821—only 49 years after the USA—and has a population of over 13 million.

Guatemala’s GDP (Purchasing Power Parity, or PPP) per capita is US$5,200 and is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. The distribution of income remains highly unequal with more than half of the population below the national poverty line.

A good comparison might be Belgium, which became independent in 1830 and has a population of 11 million. Belgium is however the world’s 15th largest trading nation and has a GDP PPP of $38,768. A tiny fraction of the population is below official poverty lines, and even those are mostly recent Third World immigrants.

Could it just possibly be that Guatemala is a Third World nation because the population is majority Third World?

And could it just possibly be that Belgium is a First World nation because the population is majority First World?

And could it just possibly be that the importation of millions of Third Worlders into America will just make the US become Third World, so that one day too, it will be “impossible to get a house?”

Yet the AP would never ask such a question…

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  1. There are many more than 11 million illegal aliens in the US. That figure has been reported since 2001! Do we really think it has stayed the same? Reports from the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation, which lies along the Arizona border show that Indian police would catch 100,000 illegal aliens per year trying to cross in the mid-2000s decade (circa 2005). Imagine that they only caught one out of four. So 300,000 aliens were crossing only one 75 miles slice of the Arizona border per year. Meaning likely 1,000,000 were crossing per year. That’s an invasion.

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