In my mind’s eye, I can see a couple of  officials in a Central American country. They’re sitting in their wicker chairs on a shaded patio, sipping rum and smoking their cigars. Their country is financially strong for several reasons. First, every year the USA generously gives millions of dollars. Also, when their people work in the U.S., they send money to their families, and that brings more U.S. dollars into their economy. The drug cartels are thankful, too, when there are no problems for drugs bound for the U.S., and that is some more money. And there are industries that pay. 

There’s no discussion of welfare for the poor because that’s something their country doesn’t give to them along with many chances of employment. That’s what the USA is for. These two men are laughing about that, laughing at us.

“They’re going to declare it’s no crime to cross their borders and stay, and they’re considering letting all who have gotten in to have free health insurance, too, along with all those who are true citizens.”

“Then there would be even more going into their country to get this! How would Americans pay for all such things?” 

While they are laughing, in the USA, candidates in a debate are asked to show by raising their hands how many would agree to include illegal immigrants in a national health insurance plan such as  Medicare for All. Every candidate raised a hand, indicating Yes.

In Central America, learning of this, they celebrate. And plan to migrate north.

Ingrid Lynch, Green Valley

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