Who’s Murdering Immigrants? It’s No Mystery

It’s a grisly affair: Dozens of immigrants locked in a semi-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, apparently abandoned by those attempting to smuggle them into the United States. After their cries for help were heard and rescuers arrived, 48 were found dead at the scene, four more died shortly thereafter, and 16 were hospitalized.

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas pronounces himself “heartbroken,” but doesn’t seem inclined to apologize for the “unprecedented” operation he launched less than three weeks ago in “an all-of-government effort to attack the smuggling organizations.” As of that time, DHS bragged, nearly 2,000 smugglers had been arrested in the previous eight weeks.

Texas governor Greg Abbott declares that “these deaths are on [US president Joe] Biden” — not because Biden is ultimately responsible for the “unprecedented operation” leading directly to outcomes like this, but because (in Abbott’s vivid imagination, anyway) Biden pursues “open border” policies.

But if the US government pursued the “open borders” policy mandated in its Constitution,  those immigrants wouldn’t have been locked in a semi-trailer in the first place, nor would their drivers have abandoned them, presumably after suspecting that they were immediate targets of  Mayorkas’s “unprecedented operation.”

Instead, they’d have arrived  in the US alive, in good health, and without fear of abduction by Mayorkas’s or Abbott’s thugs.

They’d have arrived the way any of us arrive anywhere — on foot, by bicycle or scooter, motorcycle, car,  bus, plane — and largely, like all of us, without incident.

Why didn’t they? Because American politicians know that supporting government lawlessness on immigration gets them votes.

A vote for a non-“open borders” politician — these days, that means pretty much any Republican or Democrat — is a vote for mass murder.

If you happen to believe in a deity who watches and judges us, remember that the next time you fill out a ballot.

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Tom has worked in journalism — sometimes as an amateur, sometimes professionally — for more than 35 years and has been a full-time libertarian writer, editor, and publisher since 2000. He’s the former managing editor of the Henry Hazlitt Foundation, the publisher of Rational Review News Digest (2003-present), former media coordinator and senior news analyst at the Center for a Stateless Society (2009-2015) and also works at Antiwar.com. He lives in north central Florida.

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Bob
Bob
1 month ago

Who locked those people inside the trailer?

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

So if new immigrants under an open border policy killed or raped that policy is responsible?

Thomas Knapp
Thomas Knapp
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob

No, the people who kill or rape are responsible for killing and raping, regardless of where they happen to be from.

Although it is worth noting that according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, immigrants are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes. So if you want proportionally safer streets, you want proportionally more immigrants.

Bob
Bob
20 days ago
Reply to  Thomas Knapp

So then it’s not the immigration policy that matters but who ultimately causes the deaths. Then the person locking people inside a tractor trailer is guilty of murder….is that right?

Thomas L Knapp
Thomas L Knapp
20 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Yes, that’s right.

I’d consider adding e.g. the head of ICE to the list of defendants under the “felony murder” rule, though, since the smugglers seem to have been spooked by an illegal “special operation” that gang was conducting.