Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

A few days ago, Guatemala signed a “safe third country” agreement with the United States. What that does is require anyone requesting asylum along our southern border to request asylum first from Mexico or Guatemala before being allowed to apply for asylum in the United States. As Guatemala sits astride the major route used by Central Americans trying to illegally immigrate to the United States, the practical effect would be that we could send anyone who was not Mexican to Guatemala to apply for asylum.

Well, some are not happy. And by “some” I mean the open borders crowd. Among them the jihadi from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar:

I think we all remember the anxiety that shot through our intelligensia in January of 2018 when President Trump dared to speak the truth:

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Good question. Many have long wondered why our immigration policy disadvantages people who are likely to assimilate and become patriotic Americans in favor of people who seem to have marginal affinity for anything but what federal largess they can wring out of a bloated benefits system.

The fact is that Guatemala is safer than quite a few American cities and while it might not by America…it is definitely safer that West Baltimore (see Violence In Elijah Cummings’s District Is So Bad His Constituents Can Qualify For Political Asylum At the Mexican Border).

One would think that Omar, of all people, could embrace multiculturalism and agree that just because a country is ruled by brown people that it can actually be a safe place and a good place to live. Perhaps if those immigrants who are so vital to America changed their plans and settled in Guatemala and provided the same lift to the Guatemalan economy that they provide to the US economy we could create an economic engine there that would lift Central America out of the sh** hole nation category and make it a garden spot. I think we should call upon Omar to apologize to the people of Guatemala for denigrating their country and implying that they are incapable of providing a safe environment for highly motivated refugees to live productive lives.