Immigration: As if the U.S. didn't have enough problems from a president with an open-borders policy, here's another brewing nightmare: Venezuela's disintegration. All the conditions are in place for a Venezuelan Mariel.
According to a study from Venezuela's Andres Bello Catholic University, it's already started.
Some 1.2 to 1.5 million of Venezuela's 28 million people have already fled, mostly to the U.S. and Spain, virtually all in the last 15 years, the study says.
"Venezuela has gone from being a country of immigration to one of emigration," University of Caracas sociologist Tomas Paez told radio-TV service Deutsche Welle.
It's a record exodus, and Paez says that the government actually encourages it. He notes that it's no longer just the educated professional class coming now; it's all classes, including the poor with few skills. According to a Datanalisis poll, some 30% of Venezuelans are making plans right now to get the heck out while they can.
That's what happens to countries under socialism as they fiscally deteriorate. Cuba has lost at least 20% of its population as people fled the failures of communism.
Nowadays, Cubans have well-established smuggling networks that Venezuelans could easily use, given that the Cubans have made use of the pros of the human-smuggling world, the Central American networks — which brought us last year's border surge.
Already the number of Venezuelans living in the U.S. has risen 135% in the past 14 years to 500,000, according to U.S. Census data cited by the newspaper El Universal.
Each of those immigrants forms a network of landing pads for future immigrants, who have plenty of reasons to leave their homeland these days.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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