There’s a good number of people telling us to watch our language when it comes to the migrant caravan knocking on the shut door of the United States and demanding entry and they have issued the “correct” descriptive language for us when we speak of them.
Chief among the labels we should use on the migrants, according to the left, isn’t “migrants,” it’s “asylum seekers.” This is pushed by those high up on the left’s ladder, including New York Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who retweeted a ridiculous suggestion for the media to follow.
It is very important that, when we report on the "caravan," we (the news media) use the right words: They are not "migrants" they are "asylum seekers." https://t.co/7yRERvevZg
— Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeem) November 25, 2018
Trouble is, the migrants were offered asylum by Mexico and they refused it, declaring, instead, that the U.S. was the target according to the Daily Caller:
Thousands of migrants turned down Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto’s program You Are In Your Home, The Associated Press reported Saturday.
The program gives refugee status to those who apply and provide migrants access to shelter, medical attention, schooling and temporary employment opportunities to Central American migrants in the Chiapas and Oaxaca states, according to The AP.
“Our goal is not to remain in Mexico,” Oscar Sosa, 58, of Honduras told The AP. “Our goal is to make it to the (U.S).”
Those of working age would clean, repair and maintain infrastructure in the two southern Mexican states, according to the program. Migrants can also obtain Mexico’s version of a social security number called CURP (Clave Unica de Registro Publico). This will allow the migrants to have legal proof of identity, enter and leave shelters and open bank accounts.
So the caravan isn’t seeking asylum. If they were, then they would be happy to escape the place they’re running from and achieving a better life in a different country. Mexico is straight-up offering them what they want, and yet they chose instead to ignore their supposed goal in order to continue north.
That alone is fascinating. You would think those seeking shelter from their country would accept the gracious gift of another, but no.
Then the migrant caravan reached the border and became violent with migrant members throwing rocks at border authorities.
Here they are storming the U.S. border en masse.
Hundreds try to storm the border. Expect significant US response #tijuana pic.twitter.com/0T50XUnXtY
— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) November 25, 2018
“Asylum seekers” is far from the correct terminology to use for those in the migrant caravan. To be sure, there are handfuls of people within the migrant caravan who are actually seeking asylum, and my heart goes out to them. However, those wishing for asylum would accept it when given, instead of many who seemed to be content to go on and actually try to enter the country by force, and with the use of violence if necessary.
That’s not the behavior of asylum seekers, that’s the characteristics of an invasion force. “Invaders” has been used to great uproar as of late, but after witnessing what’s been happening at the border, it’s an accurate descriptor.
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