Pretending it's not an invasion

By Paul Ackerman | Jun 27, 2019

In a previous column I referred to the hidden migrant camps in remote locations in Panama that are funneling Middle Easterners and other aliens through Costa Rica and on northward to the U.S. border. It is referred to as “controlled flow."

What has been happening in recent weeks has suddenly highlighted the clearly organized criminal enterprise that is encouraging and managing the surge of illegal aliens crossing our southern border. It is a wonder that law enforcement has not already begun pursuing RICO charges against the organizations aiding and abetting this flood of illegal aliens at the southern border. The arrest recently in Mexico of several of the “caravan” organizers, and the freezing of financial assets of 26 others may indicate someone finally woke up there with pressure from the U.S. It is time for U.S. law enforcement to come down hard on the U.S. activists/organizations funding and/or encouraging/facilitating these activities.

To backtrack a bit — the media narrative that this is a made-up crisis is absolute hogwash. If anything is “made up,” it is the portrayal by ignorant politicians and their media allies that these illegal aliens are in any way “victims of the U.S. government.” Notable in the galaxy of not-so-bright media stars, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., really demonstrated both her anti-American ideology and stupidity when she claimed the U.S. was running “concentration camps” in America, and that illegal aliens were being imprisoned within them. It is hard to fathom the idiocy of such remarks, but when the media gives people with that viewpoint any credibility, it just reinforces the disdain that many Americans have for the media.

What has been hidden almost entirely from view is the corrupt connection between nongovernmental organizations abroad, activist organizations and the drug cartels, both here and in South and Central America (including Cuban operatives). These NGOs funnel people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia into Central America and then traffic them — either on foot through Panamanian jungles or via bus/truck caravans to Mexico. The end game is to then flood them across the U.S. border between legal points of entry and overwhelm the Border Patrol system. The hidden “migrant camp” in Panama is just one example — showing cooperation between the Costa Rican government and Panama to coalesce some of the illegal aliens into a “controlled flow” route that they – the governments – can control.

This one camp is located in Darien Province in southern Panama at La Penita, a very remote location 15 miles from the main highway. At La Penita, the Panamanian police operate a prison-like way station for illegal aliens traversing the country northward. It is clear that Panama and Costa Rica are operating in this way to simply move many thousands of these illegals through their territory by bus or truck in stages. They are not allowed to claim “asylum” there or to stay and disrupt their own economy or culture. The documentary by Center for Immigration Studies fellow Todd Bensman shows the tip of the iceberg, and it is just one facet of the serious international security problem this represents. For reference see

Another camp at Golfito, Costa Rica, operates on much the same method, collecting about 700 illegal aliens per week trekking into that country from other routes, many from Asia and Africa. It is well documented that terrorist organizations know that this route is one that is a pathway into America. For reference see

We Mainers just saw the end-effect of the insane “controlled flow” process last week when 200-plus Africans who had illegally crossed the Rio Grande in the Del Rio sector immediately and unanimously declared they wanted “asylum” and wished to be sent to Portland. What a coincidence! Current reporting indicates that during intake interviews with the Border Patrol they said they flew from Central Africa to South America, and were either bused (some claim to have walked) or trucked into Panama.

How is this financed? Follow the money – estimating costs — cheap airfares are about $1,100 Kinshasa, D.R. Congo to Bogota, Columbia. Who is paying for this? It is very hard to believe that people “fleeing poverty and violence” — many with young children in tow — have several thousand dollars to gamble on getting smuggled into America illegally. They then traveled onward through Central America to México, where they have been coached by either NGOs or activists about what to say when they break into America and surrender to Border Patrol. They claim “asylum,” which is the get-out-of-anywhere-free card these days, and that has got to change.

The absurdity of the current system, due to the Flores decision -- a legal precedent begging to be overturned, is that since these invaders have overwhelmed the capacity of Border Patrol to house them, they are almost immediately “released into the interior to await a hearing on their asylum claims.” The chief of Border Patrol in Maine has stated that the statistics show that 90 percent or more of these illegal aliens never show up for their assigned hearing, and are untraceable within the USA at that point.

For a longer view of the dishonesty of the wailing about “immigration enforcement,” this lengthy study gives the facts of what Congress has refused to fix to date. It is beyond appalling.

For reference see

Portland’s mayor has virtue-signaled his way to prominence alongside Ocasio-Cortez and our governor by declaring Portland a “sanctuary city.” But of course he doesn’t want the city to pay for all that will entail as the flood overwhelms Portland, so the rest of the state will be coerced into supporting this insanity. It begs the question -- where can American citizens go to claim “asylum” from these illegal and oppressive “progressive” policies?

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Comments (9)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 03, 2019 13:02

If choosing to cut and paste, let me make it worth your time:

'Widening the Circle'

St. Thomas

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God...

- Ephesians 2:19

There's no shortage of grocery stores near my home. One offers flu shots and reward cards. Another features a pianist at the checkout lines. My preference is the one with absolutely no amenities.

Its aisles are stocked with products I don't recognize and labels I can't read. Most shoppers there speak languages I don't understand and buy foods I've never tasted. It dawns on me that I seem as foreign to some of the customers as they seem to me. What draws me there is more than curiosity. I want to learn about our brothers and sisters from around the world because we belong to the household of God. As I shop, I realize there is much more than meets the eye. Beyond labels and languages, we are all the same. This gift of diversity is ours to discover, even in a grocery store. Each time we recognize the gift, we widen the circle of God's universal love.
Feom Living Faith--Daily Catholic Devotions

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Jul 03, 2019 10:32

The way I read it, Ralph, was that refugees and asylum seekers will now receive due process and they cannot be detained while waiting for a resolution to their situation.

Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jul 03, 2019 09:27

If anyone believes that Ackerman's article is "alt right" they have not read it fully. The Niemoeller cite is absurd. Now the Dems want to eliminate Section 1325 and make illegal border crossing NOT a crime. That equals truly open borders. Now add to that 100% of the debate Dems saying "free health care for migrants." We pay $10,000 per year just for health care insurance. Indeed "they are coming" for those of us who love our country, are here legally, and pay taxes to keep America safe. Happy Fourth to all who understand what America is!

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jul 02, 2019 18:12

To paraphrase the German Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892 - 1984):

First they came for the Native Americans

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Native American.

Then they came for the Chinese building America's railroads

and i did not speak out because I was not Chinese.

Then they came for the Jews

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for Japanese-Americans

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Japanese-American.

Then they came for union members

and I did not speak out

because I didn't belong to a union.

Then they came for journalists

and I did not speak out

because I was not a journalist.

Then they came for unarmed Black men

and I did not speak out

because I was not a Black man.

Then they came for the brown people and their children

and I did not speak out

because I was white.

Then they came for LGBTQ people

and I did not speak out

because I was not LGBTQ.

Then they came for the women

and I did not speak out

because I thought it couldn't happen.

Then they came for me

and there was no one left

to speak out for me.

-Phyllis Merriam



Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jul 02, 2019 10:00

Yes, Harold. Unless people speak up against these Atl-Right diatribes, we become part of the racism that is rearing its ugly head more and more in this country. To be silent is to agree that its OK to put little children and babies in cages along our southern boarders, to deprive them of their parents, and basic needs. It wasn't that long ago that ordinary people in Germany remained silent and blind to Nazi racism.

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Jul 02, 2019 09:51

Thank you Phyllis, my thoughts exactly. The whole diatribe comes across as paranoid and mean-spirited. Furthermore, Eric, only Democrats can "primary" AOC, not Republicans.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jul 02, 2019 09:32

These comments clearly demonstrate that conspiracy theories of the Alt-Right are alive and thriving in our mid-coast area. The words on the Statute of Liberty are forgotten as well. Unless one is a Native American we are all immigrants. No one is an "alien" - the pejorative word chosen by the Alt-Right to demonize people of color.For shame.

-Phyllis Merriam

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Jun 29, 2019 09:05

If you allow open borders with a policy of providing "free health care" for all undocumented aliens, how long do you think it will take to put a catastrophe financial burden on our economy and will this approach improve the life of the average American resident?

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Jun 28, 2019 09:31

Well stated, Eric. Ackerman's analysis clearly displays that this "immigration" is something less than spontaneous. The fact that convinced me is the prohibitive cost of airfare from Africa - hardly the condition of poor asylum seekers. This whole mess is being financed someone in this country who must see this as an "investment." Put this together with the Dem candidates over the course of the debates who don't even want a "1325" law that makes illegal crossing of the border NOT a crime. The "open border" charge of the GOP is no longer just a talking point - just walking across the border unchecked by law IS "open borders."


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