“Fleeing Violence” Refugee Nonsense Exposed

Pro-refugee activists in America claim that Central and South Americans are “fleeing violence”—but the US cities they settle in are just as violent as their homelands, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has pointed out.


In a new study titled “Should Residents of Baltimore and Chicago ‘Fleeing Violence’ be Given Asylum in Canada?,” the CIS pointed out that “all Democrats and pro-immigration Republicans” are reading from the same script which claims that America is a “nation of immigrants, so we need to bring hard-working, tax paying immigrants who are fleeing violence out of the shadows and give them a path to citizenship.”

Often, the article said, it is politicians from some of America’s most dangerous cities which make such blanket statements about “migrants from Latin America settling in their cities to escape violence.”

The article continued:

Take, for example, Zeke Cohen, a Baltimore city councilman, who recently likened [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] ICE agents to Nazis.

Cohen doubled down on this offensive characterization in an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show on Tuesday night. He compared (illegal) Central American immigrants, whom he claimed were “fleeing violence”, to his great-grandmother, whom he said fled Austria to escape the Holocaust.

The article went to say that Carlson “rightly pointed out that Baltimore has a serious crime problem — it had the second highest per capita murder rate in the country in 2016 — but he didn’t ask Cohen why people ‘fleeing violence’ would want to move to the kind of crime-ridden neighborhoods of inner-city Baltimore where Central American immigrants are settling.

Baltimore had a higher per-capita murder rate last year than Guatemala City, Mexico City, Medellin, and many other cities around Latin America.

The CIS article pointed out that “Chicago-area Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Bill Foster also frequently use the ‘fleeing violence’ talking point despite their city’s soaring homicide rate.”

But, the article continued, “the irony is that recent immigrants tend to settle in these very tough neighborhoods — not just in Chicago, but in many other expensive big cities — because that’s what they can afford.”

Furthermore, the CIS article continued,

Any politician, like Cohen, who compares the danger posed by street crime and drug violence in Latin American countries to the threat faced by Jews in Europe during the Holocaust should be impeached, if not tarred and feathered.

Just as there are (relatively) safe places in high-crime cities like Chicago and Baltimore, the same applies to high-crime countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico.

Legions of foreign tourists visit these countries every year. Take Guatemala, for example. In a page about safety in this country, USA Today advises “Travelers to the marvelous land of the Maya, which lives in its own sense of time, usually have a pleasant and very safe trip.”

 The Moon Guide to Guatemala concludes that visitors have to come see “the mysteries of this magical land” for themselves. Not exactly a direct comparison to Auschwitz, is it?

The CIS article goes on to point out that to “leave Americans with the impression that if we don’t let anyone and everyone from Central America live here that we’re consigning them to certain death is preposterous.”

There are, as the article points out, many dangerous cities all around the world—including in the United States, which has some cities with higher per capita murder rates than many places in Central America and South America.

The article concludes:

Should everyone that lives in the crime-plagued south and west sides of Chicago, for example, have a right to move to say, Canada?

Should the entire populations of crime-plagued cities like Johannesburg, Lagos, Caracas, Kingston, and Port au Prince be emptied out and brought to the United States and other safe countries?

If the level of violence in Latin American countries indeed justifies allowing citizens of these nations to break our laws to come here to find safety, why isn’t anyone on the Left proposing to add these countries to the Visa Waiver Program?

If the threat they’re facing is so calamitous, shouldn’t we allow everyone from these countries to come here legally?

Why simply reward those who have broken our laws with a “safe” place to live?

Don’t we have a moral imperative to move the entire population of Central America here so they can all be safe?

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  1. Excellent article from the Center for Immigration Studies. This article does a brilliant job of exposing the absurdity of making differences in murder rates between countries a criterion for granting asylum. What they wrote about foreign tourists visiting Guatemala reminds me of the time when citizens of Sri Lanka were given asylum in the UK due to the Tamil insurgency even though the insurgency was limited to a narrow strip of territory along the east coast and tourism continued to flourish. Perhaps if we continue to put out this message then the mainstream media and politicians will come to understand that people rarely have to cross borders to escape violence, and if they do then they certainly don’t have move to another continent. A perfect example of how populations are displaced within a country by violence is Colombia during the FARC insurgency. It is estimated that 5 million people have been displaced by the violence in certain regions, but these people are not living in camps. Rather they have found new occupations and have built new homes in relatively safe regions of their own country.

    I am sure that if you presented the arguments published in the CIS journal to mainstream politicians some of them would agree with them in private but they would never publicly voice such opinions because they are afraid of being denounced as cold hearted bastards condemning poor people to certain death, and so the asylum racket will continue unopposed.

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