From Gulf News:
Published: 13:28 April 16, 2016 Gulf News
SAN JOSE: Around 200 African migrants, most of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were in limbo between Costa Rica and Panama on Friday, with both Central American nations refusing them entry.
Costa Rica detained them on Thursday when its northern neighbour Nicaragua turned them back at its border as they sought to cross on their way to try to get to the United States. …
The migrants protested on Friday on the Costa Rican side of the border with Panama to be allowed to continue their journey to America.
Government warns of a possible looming crisis as it blocks hundreds of people from moving forward en route to US.
John Holman | 21 Apr 2016 11:28 GMT | Latin America, Costa Rica, Migrants
More than 600 people from several African countries are stranded after crossing the Atlantic by boat to Brazil and then passing through Colombia and Panama before getting stuck in Costa Rica en route to the United States.
With more arriving every day – so far from seven countries on the continent – to the small border town of Paso Canoas, both the Red Cross and the government have warned it could turn into a crisis.
The whole journey took the people four months.
“It’s been bad, a lot of police in Colombia, Panama asking for money,” Youleyni, a pregnant woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who travelled with her husband, told Al Jazeera.
“We haven’t had money for the bus and had to walk a long way.”
Wilson Camara, identified as a leader of the group, told Al Jazeera they chose the arduous route because it had become very hard to get to Europe.
“There is a problem of terrorism and the borders are closed [in Europe] and so it is difficult. We, Africans, can’t get in. America’s easier to get to and seek refuge,” Camara said. …
The Red Cross said it was trying to help, but was worried about what would happen if the route through Costa Rica became a new mass migration trail.
“They could be changing their route from Europe and going to America and so we could have a humanitarian crisis if we don’t manage this right,” Luis Jimenez, a Red Cross representative in Costa Rica, said.
The Guardian has more:
“This phenomenon has been building for years,” Millman added. “The number of Africans making this trip and asking for asylum every year at the US border is in the thousands, so this 600 is just a traffic jam. You see these kind of agglomerations every now and again.”
Africans typically take planes to Ecuador or Brazil, or occasionally stow away inside cargo ships, before making their way up through several countries in Latin America to the US border, where they claim asylum, Millman said….
Costa Rica has typically taken a laissez-faire attitude to migrants crossing its territory, but may have now decided to shift policy because Nicaragua recently began to send people back to Costa Rican soil.
What’s currently going on is that the leftist presidente of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, out of solidarity with the Castro Brothers, has shut his southern border to keep out the swarm of Cubans trying to get to the American border before America wakes up and reforms its dry foot / wet foot immigration privilege for Cubans.
So, a Camp of the Saints is building up among Africans caught up with the blockade of Cubans, which could set a publicity precedent if the Africans are allowed to proceed en masse.
Last September, I wrote in Taki’s Magazine in a column entitled “Gradually and Then Suddenly” about forward planning in the Smartphone Age for what will likely become an ever growing number of probes against America’s borders, searching for weaknesses that could then be quickly overwhelmed by flash mobs, in the mode of last year’s hegira to Europe.
Could a Camp of the Saints happen in the U.S.? Might we see a sudden rush by land, sea, or air?
It already has happened, multiple times. It could easily happen again, and on a vastly larger scale.
As you’ll recall, the Obama administration set off a race for the border in 2014 by hinting that Central Americans were welcome as long as they mouthed the right words.
… For Europeans, the United Nations’ little-publicized 2015 population forecast is horrifying: The Middle East will grow from 481 million today to 750 million in 2050 and on to 937 million in 2100. Worse, the U.N. sees sub-Saharan Africa growing from 962 million today to 2,132 million in 2050 and on to an apocalyptic 3,935 million in 2100.
…In the past, impoverished South Americans have tended to illegally immigrate to the Southern Cone countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Brazil, as you know, is the country of the future and always will be. In this century, Brazil seemed to be getting its act together. But that turned out to be just a mask for the traditional orgy of corruption.
… What are the odds that at some point something will go wrong in Latin America that interested parties in the U.S. will try to define as justifying our own Camp of the Saints? Last year, the Obama administration tried to pass off Central American gang violence as justification for letting in unaccompanied youths. Next year, it could be an earthquake, hurricane, civil strife, recession, inflation, sexism, homophobia, or transgender insensitivity.
And for that matter, if the population of Africa keeps doubling—because encouraging Africans to show some restraint and responsibility is racist—what’s to stop a flash mob from coming from Africa? Sure, it sounds implausible today with Africans currently flocking toward Italy, but keep in mind that Australia had boat people coming all the way from Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, which is as far from Darwin, Australia, as Dakar, Senegal, is from New York.
This is not a major threat at the moment. But the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.