So it turns out that the United Nations is helping out the migrant caravans that are making a mockery of our immigration laws and asylum process, once again raising the question of why in the world the U.S. is still forking tax dollars over to the organization.
According to research from the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the the United Nations High Commission for Refugees is providing support and assistance to the large caravans of migrants coming out of Central America and has sent at least 45 staff members to assist their efforts to enter the United States:
The UNHCR has stated that refugees and asylum-seekers from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have been forced into displacement by a confluence of factors that have led to an escalating situation of chronic violence and insecurity. These factors range from the influence of organized crime such as drug cartels and urban gangs to the limited national capacity—compounded by corruption, poverty, and exclusion—of UN member states to provide protection. However, these factors are not recognized by U.S. law as criteria for asylum.
“We wish to reiterate and underline that any individuals within that group that are fleeing persecution and violence, they need to be given access to territory and they need to be allowed to exercise their fundamental human rights to seek asylum and have access to refugee status determination procedures,” says UNCHR spokesman Charlie Yaxlie.
It goes without saying that if this were indeed a case of hordes of people fleeing events that actually fell under the asylum provisions outlined in United States law, the United Nations would at least have some kind of leg to stand on here. But that’s not the situation we’re dealing with, and that much should be obvious by now.
We’re dealing with large numbers of Central American asylum claims, the vast majority of which don’t meet the statutory threshold for asylum outlined in United States law. We’re talking about people who have a high flight risk if released into the United States interior with instructions to come back for later court dates.
We’re talking about a burgeoning public health crisis because federal authorities can’t handle the influx of human beings coming over our southern border.
We’re talking about more abuse of a heavily abused system that ultimately lines the pockets of barbaric international crime syndicates. And we’re also talking about the outright mockery and erosion of the United States’ status as a sovereign nation.
This is the reality of the situation we’re dealing with, and this is what the United Nations is helping to perpetuate, under the guise of humanitarian aid.
So why exactly is the United States still funding this organization? Calls from the Right to defund the United Nations are nothing new, though it’s usually spurred by the organization’s blatant and never-ending bias against Israel.
“The U.N. has always been a foolish fantasy, a League of Nations knockoff that’s been about as productive and twice as irritating. It’s an outmoded organization that’s outlived whatever small usefulness it once had,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote in 2017. “There’s no reason for us to continue cutting checks to prop up regimes that condemn us publicly for exercising the most basic standards of morality.”
As it stands, the United States is the largest financial backer of that “foolish fantasy,” providing over one-fifth of the regular budget and almost 30 percent of the peacekeeping budget, according to a 2018 Congressional Research Service report.
Now that the organization is directly assisting in the erosion of our sovereignty in the midst of a full-bore border crisis, it might be time to re-evaluate those numbers.