When I see a caravan of people being made to walk like so many cattle across the length of Mexico to arrive at the American border, I don’t see “asylum seekers.” I see people who are being ruthlessly exploited with every foot-fall, right where they are. I see them being used as pawns in a wretched rich-man’s game, by people who care absolutely nothing for them as human beings despite their effusive talk.
I know that wealthy but misguided businessmen are pushing The United Nations to simply declare that every nation should have “open borders,” so that this kind of abuse can be made much more efficient.
Per contra, vast numbers of people came from Europe and landed on Ellis Island to begin the legal immigration process, to become citizens and the ancestors of millions of modern-day Americans. Their naturalization certificates are sometimes still proudly displayed by those ancestors.
Nothing protects the human rights of someone who steals over a border-line, and frankly, not much actually protects a legitimate “asylum seeker,” whether-or-not asylum is granted. Far, far better to work to improve the lot of that person in their own country, through humanitarian efforts and improved relations with their host governments. But this will not give you a cheap and easily-exploited supply of labor.
The USA cooked-up the non-immigrant visa … today, an alphabet-soup of such programs … specifically to evade the “or involuntary servitude” restriction of the 13th Amendment, which was found by the courts to prohibit the indenture programs used in the Northern manufacturing towns. These people risk deportation if they lose their “sponsorship,” a.k.a. indenture. They don’t have cars, or places to live, except as provided for them by their “sponsoring agency.” They are: indentured servants. (“Unconstitutional, but who cares?”)
There’s a lot of “pure false-ness” spiraling around these discussions, as we’ve seen being played out in this thread. False-ness meant to conceal the actual human-rights abuses that are daily going on, and that have even been made official. If your attention is easily distracted by a readily digestible “meme,” you won’t address the problem clearly enough to begin to bring about reform and social justice.