Apples And Oranges: Why ‘The Caravan’ And Ellis Island Are Completely Different

Written by Candace Hardin on December 4, 2018

Today’s news is full of the problem that is at the Southern border of the United States. A large group of several thousand would be migrants have walked across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras through Mexico to reach the United States.

They claim to be seeking asylum from their home countries. There are people from all ages and genders in the so called Caravan.

The disturbing factor is that many known criminals and young men only looking for work make up the group. Another confusing issue is that they come in a belligerent manner waving their home country’s flag. They have broken through the borders between their homes and the United States in a violent manner. They have had many conflicts such as throwing rocks and bottles at the Mexican police, who are trying to control them and turn them back.

So far, some have accepted asylum in Mexico, but most have refused, preferring to take their chances at the Southern border and the dream of America.

Most will not qualify for asylum and many will go about applying for it incorrectly.

A large crowd of people trying to rush the border, while throwing rocks at the 
Border Patrol had to be controlled with non-lethal tear gas over the weekend.

Of course, the media and the Hollywood bleeding hearts went berserk with outrage at the action. The fact that the same tear gas was used during the Obama administration on a regular basis must have escaped their notice, or it was just that both groups were happy to give him a pass on anything he did.

America has always been the land of freedom and prosperity and immigration is not a new issue for the country.

Exactly how many people can the country absorb without straining the resources available and also not jeopardize wages for the worker? As pundits on CNN and MSNBC declare that we are a big place and we have plenty to share, how much is the actual cost?

In an article by FAIR, Federation for American Immigration Reform, the annual cost to an American taxpayer per illegal alien family member is $ 8,075.00. Jointly for all taxpayers, a total of $115,894,597,664.00.

Has any taxpayer been asked specifically if they are willing to bear this cost? Has it been put on the ballot for a vote in any election?

Would the Hollywood liberals like Alyssa Milano, who seems so offended by the border activities, like to write a check for this amount for however many families they would like to sponsor to the government as extra tax payments?

Immigration issues are not a new problem. How it is handled recently is the reason that there is such chaos.

In 1892 Ellis Island in New York welcomed the first immigrants to the United States. A young girl and her two brothers were the first to be processed into America on New Year’s Day.

The normal process that those who wanted to stay in the United States were subject to medical exams for any illnesses or mental disorders. Anyone who was ill or likely to become a ward of the state was turned back to their home country.

Immigrants were required to have at least $ 18.00 on their person in order to be admitted.

In the 1920s, things began to change as a series of laws limited the amount of immigrants that could come to the United States.

By 1925, the responsibility for those who wanted to apply for admission into the US was shifted to the US consulates in the foreign countries where the people lived.

Both the island processing method and the US Consulates abroad seem like a much better system than those who are trying to enter the country illegally.

It doesn’t seem as necessary to make new immigration laws as it does to simply enforce the ones on the books, however, there are a few loopholes that may need to be closed.

Ultimately, the US cannot accept everyone and take care of them, even if they are working.

It is imperative to limit the flow of humanity to a manageable number for financial reasons as well as health reasons. Better vetting and control of who enters the country is imperative, especially since the drug cartels and those who wish to do harm to the citizenry are often included in the masses who breech the border and our laws.

We have enough of our own homegrown criminals here, we have no need to import any more.

Congress would be better served working toward the goal of repairing and reinventing the immigration process than playing politics along with the blame game. As it is they are getting nothing done at all.

Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.