Sporting cell phones, brand-name clothes — and babies, another 1,000-strong migrant caravan heads for the U.S.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Monica Showalter
AmericanThinker.com
April 11, 2019

Get ready for another migrant caravan coming up from Honduras to the U.S. border, organized by activist groups there calling for volunteers to beef up the numbers.

OANN reports that the latest one taking off is 1,000 strong, and loaded with people carrying babies.

Yet another migrant caravan bound for the U.S. is forming in Honduras. According to reports Wednesday, at least 1,000 migrants have joined the new caravan as it prepares to depart for the United States-Mexico border.

The caravan is the fourth large group of migrants to leave Honduras since last October, and it includes families and young children. It reportedly formed as a result of a “mobilization campaign” on social media.

It’s a very good report, but perhaps the most salient point is listed in the comments section, with OANN readers commenting on the obvious prosperity of the migrants who are claiming poverty. Some are obese, some have brand new clothes on, virtually all have expensive cell phones, and many go for brand-name traveling gear. One other thing they would obviously have a lot of is money, to make a trip of this scale. The very poor of countries such as Honduras (and certainly the overseas country nationals who may be joining them) do not have the means to migrate.

And that calls to mind a great unexplored topic on the migration front – the fact that Central America’s countries are not all that poor, and in fact, they’re in an economic boom time right now.

As I noted a few weeks ago in this piece on the rise in remittances to Central American countries:

The press is reporting that these places are economic disaster areas and the impoverished border-surgers’ choice to emigrate to the U.S. illegally can be only because they are escaping poverty. What baloney. The data show that border-surgers are actually fleeing booming economies, not Venezuelan-style hellholes, and are beefing their home countries’ economies up further with their surging remittances, signaling more to come. Big dollar surges into a country can very well propel lots of money for investment and consumption, as well as prop up the tax base of these countries, bolstering these governments. That would explain why so many of the previous caravan border-surgers had such new-looking clothes and lifestyles of the rich and famous Instagrams, as well as some spectacular ingratitude. Hellholes these place are not — they’ve got a lot of money out there to pay for their poor, from both remittances and their booming economies at home — and they don’t do it. Worse still, that $17 billion they took in last year, tax-free, and the $120 billion they took over the decade, tax free, subtracts that much money from U.S. GNP. What a gift these places have been getting. Forget not that they are also the largest recipients of U.S. aid.

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