Mass Murder, Extortion, and Re-Enslavement. . . .

Mass Murder, Extortion, and Re-enslavement

So many times we hear only one side of the story; the big money side. In the refugee/immigration debate that is the side that has dominated policy for the last 30 years plus and the bodies are stacking up. First the rightwing of the US changed immigration policy so that only rich conservatives could enter while those under mortal threat in their countries of origin were left unprotected sometimes to die without assistance due to the situation created in their countries by the US trade deals. So out of the frying pan into the fire of journeying somewhere in the hopes of finding a survivable situation. The families were sending their children out of the killing floor situations because that is all they could afford to do in their situations. This is similar to what families did before and during WW II in nazi Germany; they sent their children out of harms way to safety and a better life.
They journey north through Mexico where they encounter the US-Mexican drug war and some more of them disappear while others die on the freight train called the Beast. If they get to the US border, they encounter a strategy of deterrence by death facing the wall, the border patrol, and a surveillance array comprised of cameras, sensors, microwave radars, drones, and agents.
While there is a huge expenditure for this death-dealing strategy, very little is spent in the way of rescuing them in the desert with some of the worst offender agents knocking out or tainting water supplies and working with the vigilantes and the militias to wear them down and take them out. A border agent a day is arrested for misconduct. Shawna Ford’s murder of Brisenia Flores is an example of what happens when the psychos take over. So the refugees are arrested and taken to detention centers where they are processed through assembly line injustice style and returned to the country of origin regardless of the threats they face upon return. 34,ooo prison beds are budgeted annually to imprison women and children; the monies would be much better spend housing, feeding, caring for, and educating them in a nurturing supportive context than keeping them in the suspended animation of slow death incarceration in the ever expanding private for-profit prison system, but that would take brains and integrity to effect. The US government paid out $5.5 bil. between 2006-2011 for incarcerating refugees ; $90 million in profit per year for private for-profit prison contractors Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group. This closed loop of depraved indifference has resulted in the murders of at least five children and youth upon return to this reporters’ knowledge. The conditions they face were created by the NAFTA free trade deal going through with the border lockdown happening two months after that under a democrat/repgunicrat president Bill Clinton and republican George Bush; the two headed beast. Mexico after the institution of NAFTA was an ongoing disaster with 25% of people malnourished and 2 million farmers kicked off their lands in huge land grabs, and 20,000 mexican small/subsistence businesses and other labor/environment protections gone. Fully 1/5th of mexican children are presently going hungry. After 911, the amount of border patrol agents increased from 9,000 to 46,000 with them incorporated into operations Gatekeeper, Hold the Line, Streamline, and Safeguard; which actually accomplished exactly the opposite of what was promised as usual. $12.4 billion dollars spent making the situation much, much worse overall and turning the lands on either side of the border into what is described as a war zone. There was 1,000 national guard soldiers in one valley for an operation as an example of the systemic overkill. This combined with the vigilante/militia presence justifying the use of “lawful deadly force” adds up to make this an ongoing mass murder completely out of sight, out of mind to the majority of the US public. The death toll between 2001-2014 is believed to be 164,000 murders. This does not include deaths due to the heat or other sources (Excelsior newspaper). This is detailed in depth in the book Border Patrol Nation by Todd Miller, and the video The Empire’s War on the Border by Abby Martin-Telesur.
The malicious bald-faced lie that the refugees are taking american jobs is without basis in objective economic and social reality. The wages paid to them are lower than most american workers would accept and do not pay benefits at all. Amnesty International reports that there are 3-4 million undocumented workers in the US and who knows how many new refugees who are superexploited globally. Their next step towards naturalization is union recognition and overt cross-cultural solidarity. A study has shown that tax breaks do not increase employment and because most workplaces in the US are understaffed, that means that there is actually a surplus of jobs available if employers were actually to fill those open positions and staff adequately. Also a succession of republican leaders have worked to cut loans and other sources of support for small business in favor of taking care of their financial supporters in ALEC and other superpacs. The financial system is structured to reward speculation not job creation according to authors at So the new nazis of the republican and repugnicratic party institute prison labor (20 corporations use prison labor in Washington state alone), do the trade deals instituting the slave free trade zones, bust the unions, cut wages to the bone, block the stimulus payouts that would’ve rebuilt America  at a crucial time, but then say the refugees are taking your jobs; sorry suckers, no way, Jose. The nazis are the ones once again who took your jobs and your future. See also, and for more on this very complicated set of issues. This when added to the massive budget cutting done by usual suspects, means that recessional stagflation is the new normal ( Budget cutting means that people have less disposable income so they don’t spend as much money for big ticket items in the marketplace while many basic survival needs go begging. When this is added to the reality that undocumented refugees comprise 70% of the agribusiness labor force and that they are usually making 20-50% of what the prevailing wage should be in the industry, one can begin to understand why it is that the US and other economies are flopping around like half dead fishes drying out on the global fascist beach. Thus there is not as much production and what production there is is done overseas in sweatshops in “free trade zones” enforced with the threat of death, beatings, disappearances, or rape.
Such an cultural milieu becomes a black sucking hole of unrelenting fear, hopelessness, and despair with the whole mess slowing collapsing in on itself, affecting even the elites quality of life warping their psyches pushing psychopathic tendencies subculturally. And forget about any kind of local-regional innovation occurring outside the box that was made for people to die in. The majority of people retreat to a place of safety in their minds and lives that is supported by self-medication, sensation-seeking, and risk-taking combined with the occasional recreational murder by the random gangs of paramilitary psychos traveling through the deteriorating mess preying on the defenseless, wounded lambs uncared for on the streets. Gangs of paramilitaries would roam around Colombian  cities murdering off the homeless, driving what was left of them into the sewers for survival and safety. And so it is that a comprehensive psychic retreat from the future is forced on the people by the worst criminal minds in the state. LORD HAVE MERCY!!! LORD, GIVE ME THE ENDURANCE AND THE STRENGTH THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST AND ALL THE SAINTS AND ANGELS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, TO SURVIVE THESE EVIL DAYS AND ATTAIN TO YOUR HEAVENLY PARADISE ETERNAL!!! GUIDE US DOWN YOUR BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN SECRET EVERCHANGING PATHS OF LOVE AND HUMILITY TO YOUR INDESCRIBABLE INEFFABLE EVER-UNFOLDING PEACE OF HEART, MIND, AND CLARITY OF VISION AND PURPOSE, THAT WE MAY CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THAT ETERNAL VIGIL IN INTEGRITY  ALONG YOUR INCONQUERABLE WATCHTOWER, AMEN. If yoy want to help those assisting the refugees in the desert, look up No More Deaths/No Mas Muertas online and there is also People Helping People in the Border Zone. Help them now because it’s really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter out there, believe me. God Bless You.


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Lyle Courtsal is a disabled author/activist who has worked variously as a school bus driver, tree planter, truck driver, and shipyard laborer. He has also attended three colleges, but prefers studying on his own. During the past several years, he has developed a street outreach method for getting intensively self-poisoned, dually-diagnosed addict/alcoholics off the streets and into truly helpful hands while maintaining constitutional standards of non-discrimination and privacy. His technique has an 80 percent success rate. Lyle likes really big, old, live trees; Frisbees; sailing; mid-70s long nose Kenworths going really fast; hardcore rock; true decency; generosity of spirit; and freedom. He presently more-or-less exists in Seattle, Washington. He goes to church at least once a month whether he needs it or not. Check out the book-Enjoy!!

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