While the issue of illegal immigration used to just be about keeping unauthorized foreigners out of the United States, these days it now also appears to be about taming the pro-illegal-immigration radicals within the nation’s own borders.
Radicals like those with the Los Brown Berets, a nationwide group that’s reportedly been advocating for decades on behalf of so-called “Chicanos,” i.e., people of Mexican descent.
Brown Berets. East Los Angeles. 1968. pic.twitter.com/WESWTIgZMS
— Ove Poulsen (@ove_poulsen) June 23, 2019
Gracias @downtownsananto Viva Los Brown Berets! ✊?✊? @GeezSteez210 pic.twitter.com/2GvgvQCX4P
— CarnalismoCNBB (@carnalismo_bb) March 31, 2019
With the backing of Chicago’s East Side Chamber of Commerce, this group of radicals held a disturbing anti-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement protest during East Side Community Day celebrations on July 13.
The protest involved young, impressionable children bashing a Batman piñata with a stick — except that the Batman piñata had been transformed into an ICE agent piñata — and throwing balls at a painted image of President Donald Trump.
CANDY WITH A SIDE OF CONTROVERSY: A piñata depicting a federal ICE agent was on display during a recent event in Chicago.
The same event also featured an activity that had kids throwing balls at a painted image of President Trump’s face.
More details at 5 & 6 on @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/nou2JcRdAZ
— Eric Cox (@EricCoxTV) July 23, 2019
ICE pinata, ‘Trump’ game with goal to knock out teeth at annual Chicago community event https://t.co/pZoHZ1YEwc #nation #politics Block parties have changed quite a bit since I was a kid. I guess they’re indoctrination parties these days. pic.twitter.com/gCz9BppLxl
— Douglas Ernst (@douglasernst) July 24, 2019
Chicago south side Chicano org brings in an ICE piñata to chamber of commerce event. Teaching kids to hate. @charliekirk11 @RitaPanahi Source: @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/pwFRALHTQ5
— Dave Sarjeant (@DaveSarjeant) July 23, 2019
“It was not meant in a negative way at all towards law enforcement,” the group’s local chapter leader, Anthony Martinez, said defensively to local station WBBM.
It’s unclear how indoctrinating children to essentially hate ICE officers isn’t “negative … at all towards law enforcement.”
He added that the group was “just making a statement” regarding the Trump administration’s deportations of illegal aliens.
It’s presumed he was referring to the immigration raids that ICE carried out earlier this month. However, as President Donald Trump himself noted at the time, during the raids ICE was “specifically looking for bad players,” i.e., “criminals.”
To make matters worse, the community’s chamber of commerce — which reportedly organized the East Side Community Day celebrations — is perfectly OK with the radical group’s bashing of ICE agents and the duly elected president of the United States.
“It affected the event, and that’s OK,” chamber of commerce member Marvin Covington said. “It wasn’t told to me, ‘Hey, there’s going to be an ICE piñata coming,’ but it was there.”
Covington even appears to be proud of the event.
“Covington told CBS 2 that despite the surprise piñata, the event was a success and they do intend on continuing the tradition of community day next year,” WBBM reported.
Meanwhile, Martinez has vowed to use the proceeds from the event to help asylum seekers. While he didn’t specify the exact type of help he intends to provide, it’s assumed he plans to use the money to secure legal aid for them. The problem is that the vast majority of asylum cases are fraudulent.
“About 80 percent pass that initial interview, but only 20 percent are granted asylum by a judge, which tells us that 80 percent of that is either just a flat-out fraud or somebody who thinks they can come here because they want a job here,” then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed in a Fox News interview last summer.
Take the citizens of Guatemala, which according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal “is now the largest source of illegal immigrants headed to the U.S.”
As evidence, the outlet cited two key pieces of evidence: A U.N. poll from 2016 that found “nine of 10 Guatemalans said they emigrated for financial reasons,” and on-the-ground reporting from Guatemala that shows the people “fleeing” the country and giving up already-decent lifestyles.
Case in point: “When couples marry, husbands often plan to leave to the U.S. to work for a few years—to support the family, pay for the children’s education and build a house, start a small business or buy farmland.”
“Along rutted roads, gaudily painted mansions almost all belong to Guatemalans working in the U.S.—while the adobe brick shacks with dirt floors largely house families with no one working abroad.”
It’s not about “fleeing” violence but about Guatemalan citizens earning the big bucks in the U.S., funneling that money home via currently untaxed remittances and then using that money to literally build their dream homes in Guatemala itself.
The migrant calculation: “If you work in the U.S., you get paid $12 an hour for eight hours, that’s $96 a day.” In Guatemala, it’s $5 a day. https://t.co/19FCoZ2m7F
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 21, 2019
They’re called remittance houses, according to The New Yorker, and they’re “ubiquitous in the country’s western highlands as a way for immigrants to invest their earnings while living abroad.”
The process is reportedly always the same: “[C]ustomers living in the U.S. take photos of houses they like and send them to family members in Guatemala, who then bring the image to a local builder or a firm … to re-create the American styles that” they want.
These are the sorts of people Martinez is hoping to help, while these (points below) are sorts of people who he’s proudly teaching children to hate:
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