Human trafficking is the ultimate disrespect for life and law. "Human trafficking" is a phrase so repugnant that all Americans can agree to be against it.
Let’s see if that’s true. Human trafficking, of course, is biblical. One tribe, or ethnic group, overwhelms another. Rape, pillage, and slavery follow shortly thereafter. No matter who you are and what tribe you descend from, you have some bad characters in your distant family tree.
But I’m only interested in the United States.
We are a good, decent and generous people. How do we stack up against the human traffickers of history? The first set of answers is easy. We imported slaves for 250 years.
In fairness to our nation, we weren’t a country for all of those years.
In the misery loves company excuse arena, "everybody" was doing it.
The reason was simple — money. So Africans captured Africans and sold them to European and American "agents" who brought them to the homeland to be auctioned off.
If I were a better writer I would be better able to capture the horror of what I’m describing.
Rent the movie "Amistad." The characters in the movie get it.
Here in America the buyers were large farmers; plantation owners if you will. Think Tara from the 1939 motion picture, "Gone With the Wind," based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell.
In 1789 when we ratified our Constitution, slavery was a major bone of contention.
Southern farmers counted on millions of slaves to be their unpaid, involuntary labor force.
The more industrial northerners had no such need. The southern states, Georgia and South Carolina, would not ratify the Constitution without legalized slavery.
Furthermore, the southerners wanted each slave family member to count for purposes of the census and the number of congressmen, even though the slaves did not enjoy the rights of citizenship or voting. Northerners, of course, objected.
Thus was born the Three-Fifths Compromise, proposed by James Wilson and Roger Sherman — both delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787: Everyone ratifies the Constitution, the 13 colonies become the United States of America. For every five slaves the southern states could add three people to their census count.
Human trafficking is far broader than just the buyers, sellers and victims. It includes the political bedfellows, the I don’t want to talk about it crowd and all the ancillary beneficiaries of a system built on immorality.
This essay isn’t about 19th century America, or even the Civil War.
This is about human trafficking in 21st century America — illegal immigration.
We don’t spend nearly enough time calling illegal immigration what it really is — human trafficking. Pay attention: The Mexican mother pays the "agent," more appropriately called a "coyote," up to several thousand dollars to get her son to the United States. Human trafficking. The coyote puts the mother's son in a large truck with 100 other illegal immigrants — each of whom paid a similar fee.
The truck has little air and one mission, offload the "cargo" and let these illegal immigratns disappear in America. Mostly they are successful. Sometimes they are not. The truck breaks down. The driver flees. The illegal immigrants die. Who cares? The boy's mother does.
But it’s hard to find people in America who care. Who’s fault is it? Yours, if you support open borders. Yours, if you voted for Hilary Clinton and her open border policies. Yours, if you won’t build a wall. Yours, if you hire illegal immigrants. Yours, if you support sanctuary cities.
Get it? Over half of all American adults are human trafficking enablers, willfully oblivious to the death and destruction of the up from Mexico highway of horrors.
And nobody’s motives are in any way decent.
Democrats want imported votes and some Republican employers want illegally low wages and unacceptable working conditions. A plague on all your houses.
Whoopi Goldberg and Judge Jeanine Pirro almost got to the core issue on ABC's "The View." Whoopi was tired of immigrants being called rapists and Judge Jeanine had no patience with lawlessness. As I watched the segment I took note of the audience’s enthusiasm for Whoopi’s "rapist" comments.
At that moment it became clear to me.
Everyone who applauded had Kate Steinle’s blood on their hands.
Everyone who applauded had the blood and misery of countless and nameless victims of illegal immigrants on their hands. And every one of us need to tell them so.
Human trafficking is never a victimless crime.
In the case of 21st century America the victims are everywhere.
And last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about electoral representation.Remember the Three-Fifths Compromise for slavery? Every five slaves added three people to the census.
Today we have the five-fifths lack of compromise.
Every five illegals add five adults to the census. If California has three million illegals (a very modest guess), they get four extra congressmen, one for every 711,000 people.
They’re worse than the 18th century slave states. Et tu, Sen. Chuck Schumer?
In summary, illegal immigration is a modern iteration of human trafficking.
No one who supports illegal immigration has a right to be absolved of guilt. There is too much blood on too many hands. And there is too little discussion about human trafficking in 21st century America. Respect for life and respect for laws are the same thing.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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