“What bloody business has the USA to do with the Costa Rican immigration policies on border crossings?” – Posted reaction to a recent article published in TCRS (The Costa Rica Star)
The answer: Plenty.
The Bigger Picture:
The issue is not just about border runners seeking to stay under the radar as Perpetual Tourists, or those needing to keep their foreign driver’s licenses valid. Those considerations might seem rather mundane and harmless. But intrigues surrounding all Central American borders are one of the most crucial and incendiary issues of our current state of affairs in all of the Americas.
A problem well defined is a problem half solved.
While it is undeniable that some news consumers have been rendered psychologically incapable of critical thought, or rendered incapable of enduring dissent, most U. S. citizens are kind, decent types who abhor poverty and injustice. They see the suffering of their neighbors to the south and wish it was not so. Yet most despair of any immediate change within Latin countries.
The majority of their number also want to make sure it does not happen in the U.S. They voted for and continue to support the current administration with one primal mandate: Plug up that porous border between the U.S. and Mexico. Not as a means to punish those suffering souls seeking a better life in the U.S. But rather to bring order to such a migration within the limits of the economy to absorb as many legal immigrants as possible and open those doors to a better life.
They seek to protect the freedom of the U.S. middle class – the last bastion of democracy on Earth populated by those who actually carry the load and pay the bills.
But there are arrogant social engineers continuing the work started by their predecessors over 100 years ago. All fans of eugenics who seek worldwide dominance through socialism. Rule by a few being served by a drastically culled herd they deem their inferiors. They employ quite a bag of tricks that only a minority of critical thinkers outside their numbers see very clearly.
These border issues loom front and center.
It has been quite obvious that the recent Central American caravans have been funded by men behind the curtain with deep pockets. Caravan participants have been paid as much as $7,000 per head to join the happy parade to storm the castle (U.S. border). The massive amounts of food, transportation, and port-a-johns they need have all been financed by backers in the U.S. and EU. None of those financers have any interest in the wellbeing of those impoverished northbound marchers. They are just pawns.
Some of this serves the desires of Washington Republicans and their donors who want porous borders for cheap labor to help compete against India and China. Conversely, elite Democrats want those open borders as a means to expand a dependent class who will mostly vote “D” and eventually render the Republican party extinct.
These elites are a powerful minority pitted against the rest of the U.S. citizenry from all political parties, who for the most part, are very compassionate souls wanting only to help the world’s poor with kindness and generosity.
But as Winston Churchill often quipped: There is politics… and then there is math.
These recent caravans are hardly organic. 3 – 7,000 people from different countries don’t spontaneously call each other up and say, “Hey caballeros, were heading to the U.S. Wanna come?” Nor is the recent phenomenon of Central American children being hoisted on trains and trucks to head for the U.S. without their actual parents. There is a criminal element behind it all and highly financed by the above-mentioned nebulous individuals.
The problem is not at all the very fake white supremacy mime that the news media is trying to make stick as a means to lure blacks and Hispanics away from voting “R” in 2020. Since the term “racist” has become threadbare with overuse, the new stand-in phrase is now “White Supremacy.” If that doesn’t work, tomorrow it will be something else. All of it sophistry and misdirection.
The real problem is the pervasive rot of socialism, dictatorships, and the cronyism of these Central and South American countries. All of these countries have astounding natural resources. Most have no winters. Yet they remain impoverished with highly concentrated wealth distilled down to the privileged few. Mexico has basically been ruled by one family for a century and a half. What few realize is that it’s the country with the second-highest number of millionaires and billionaires in the world. Pair this up with terror-backed corruption from drug cartels and you get a perpetually large portion of the inhabitants in poverty and despair not to mention mortal danger. Millions of these poor souls are desperate enough to embrace the dangerous trip north across the Rio Grande or various ports of entry at the hands of human traffickers and drug smugglers.
But Mexico is hardly unique in this disparity of wealth distribution and lack of opportunity to the masses. Many other countries suffer the same economic disease. Based on rolling averages of polls by Gallup since 2011, over 150 million people worldwide want to move to the U.S. A very conservative estimate indicates that 40 million of those 150 million are from South and Central America. That’s an unsustainable movement between borders. (Back to simple math.)
Also, because a given country of origin might be offshore such as Cuba or Africa, it does not mean they are of no concern to Costa Rica. Some are indeed coming through Costa Rica en route to the U.S. as evidenced by a recent bust by O.I.J on “Moma Africa” as well as at the Panama and Nicaragua borders.
Another sobering fact is that for decades, the #2 choice for Latins trying to flee poverty, crime, tyranny and corruption is Costa Rica. Nicaragua, Venezuela are the primary countries of origin. Countries, where Moscow backed Communism and Socialism, have led to predictable and spectacular failures. Colombia is the #3 country of origin.
Even though Costa Rica has an agreement with the UN to at least process refugee applicants from these failing neighboring countries, they cannot absorb them. Such UN support has not been sufficient to keep ahead of the flow.
That leads us to why the Immigration Center here in Costa Rica is so slow in approving residency approvals. More on that in an article to follow…
Currently, the U.S. is working on changing the asylum loopholes in the immigration laws. In the meantime, the administration has “sent the memo” to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras to stop these caravans and individual migrations at their respective borders in accordance with current long-standing agreements. Mexico was the first to send 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala to halt the flow. The others are following suite at the threat of being cut off from U.S. foreign aid and or punitive tariffs.
While Costa Rica did not get the same admonition, it is important to remember that the U.S. Embassy here in San Jose (Pavas) is responsible for affairs not only in Costa Rica but also for neighboring Nicaragua and Honduras. As such, they have a direct hand in monitoring and offering assistance with border protection as well as initiatives to assist in the increasingly difficult battle against drug trafficking. That includes material contributions of patrol helicopters and high speed/high tech boats.
Top members of the O.I.J are also trained at Quantico Virginia and when they return to Costa Rica, they work closely with DEA and FBI to maintain the heralded safety and tranquility of Costa Rica. There is no army in Costa Rica. But the Big Dog (U.S.) – for better or worse – remains on duty to keep the nefarious neighbors at bay. This might grate on some short-sighted U.S. ex-pats and even more naïve Ticos, but the alternative would spell the rapid demise of Costa Rican democracy.
It should also be noted that the U.S. has also stepped up its assistance with humanitarian help for refugees from Nicaragua and Venezuela currently residing in Costa Rica. The USNS Comfort ship recently dropped anchor off Puntarenas to provide much needed aid.
It all gets down to striking a balance.
So when asking what the U.S. has to do with Costa Rica Immigration and border policies, the above must all be taken into account.
Costa Rican Residency Expert Laura B. Gutierrez believes that no one can afford to live in Costa Rica without CAJA health care, the convenience of a Costa Rica driver’s license (for those who drive) and the other benefits of residency. All else is a roll of the dice with the odds of disaster highly stacked against any ex-pat. Gutierrez is still very concerned at the number of ex-pats who continue to embrace the Perpetual Tourist mode of living in Costa Rica. She suspects the number one reason for such a poor choice is economics. Some mistakenly believe that living in Costa Rica without residency is sustainable despite the high risk of sudden and massive medical bills triggered by unexpected health events.
The borders are invariably going to be tightened up to maintain order and safety. Though the Costa Rican border police might have been taking a relaxed attitude for decades, the pressure from the U.S. will continue to increase given the current crisis in the U.S., Costa Rica and its surrounding countries. Border runners without Expedientes (proof of residency application submissions) may suddenly find themselves starring in the nightmare of being locked out of Costa Rica for ten years without recourse.
On a very positive note, Ms. Gutierrez notes that the majority of her clients, both Democrats, and Republicans, passionately express their relief at having gotten their residencies and no longer need to make those onerous trips to Panama or Nicaragua borders for visa stamps. They also add that the intangible feeling like they belong has added immeasurably to their Costa Rican lived experience.
The problem everyone is ranting about is not so much the U.S. Immigration policy but rather that of Mexico and the rest of Latin America. None of those lamenting the plight of illegals and blaming the so-called cold, heartless racists and white supremacists have any inkling of Mexico’s immigration policy. The problem is the governments of Mexico and other Latin American countries. Why are they exporting its next-generation into the U.S? If the U.S. ever adopted the immigration policies of these countries (except Costa Rica), you would see oppression, repression and disaster and calamity like nothing compared to what the fake media claims is happening now in the U.S.
Ms. Gutierrez has heard from dozens of inquirers as to why she thinks they should choose to live in Costa Rica, which is more costly in comparison, to other Latin American countries such as Panama, Equador, Colombia, Peru or Uruguay, all of which she and her well-traveled family members are familiar with.
“Rather than me tell you, travel to those countries and immerse yourself in them for a few weeks or months. Then come back to Costa Rica. The answer to your question will be immediately apparent.”
In 90% of cases, they eventually contact her with something like a “Wow. What a difference. It would seem the hype in certain publications about the upsides of living in those countries is grossly inaccurate.”
Further, Ms. Gutierrez’s clients include ex-pats who actually did live in places like Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, and Ecuador. After growing increasingly uncomfortable with overwhelming corruption at every level of government, crumbling infrastructure as well as oppressive humidity in the latter two, they eventually chose Costa Rica all things considered.