Yahoo Music editor Lyndsey Parker and Season 9 finalist Jeffery Austin discuss the first week of Battles on 'The Voice' Season 13.
John: These people should be stopped at all costs. There is a lot more to this than simply a caravan of the poor downtrodden seeking a better life. These so-called "caravans" were organized in advance, mostly in Honduras but not exclusively, and financed by organizations, largely based in the US, such as The Open Borders Group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), The International Labor Organization, the Open Society Foundation and others. These organizations themselves are funded by various individuals and groups with quite diverse agendas, from International Globalists to anarcho-capitalists to Leftists who simply want to radically change American society toward radical Leftism believing a massive influx of unassimilated foreign nationals with no concept of Americanism, our fundamental values and rule of law to be the most effective and expedient way to accomplish that goal. . This a is a politically-based movement, not a human-rights based movement. The largely ignorant complicit media would have you believe these poor masses are walking this long and treacherous journey to find a better life and show photos and videos that portray that narrative. The truth is that the vast majority of the people are being transported almost exclusively from one town to the next by commercial transport and tour-buses contracted by these and other open-border organizations, wealthy leftists, international-industrialists and globalists from the US, Europe and Asia. These "caravans" include mobile medical-care units, food-service buses and pre-fab temporary housing transported by truck for use when local housing facilities are unavailable or beyond capacity. . The cost to finance all of this is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Maybe think of it in this way. What would the cost be to transport an army of seven thousand soldiers over 3,200 miles? A much greater distance than all the way from New York City to Los Angeles. . A reporter from NPR (a quite liberal media outlet) who went to report on the "caravan" (who asked that his name not be used for obvious reasons) said he was surprised to find how well-organized the operation was. He had expected to see what has been portrayed by the US media, poor bedraggled women and children, often carried on foot by their parents, semi-starving, as they make the trek north. Instead he found they were mostly well-fed, adequately dressed and healthy with a plurality of young adult males. He also personally interviewed a number of those in the groups. He found many had signed up back in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and elsewhere and were paid a stipend for living expense until the logistics for "caravans" could be arranged. One of his questions was what do you expect the US to do, and that there were hundreds of millions of others in their countries and elsewhere in the world who also would like a better life, should the US just take them all in? He said their answers, to a man, were yes, the US should accept them all. Some adding things like "America is rich, we are not so rich and that is not fair." and "Americans have too much and we have too little. They must share." and "We demand a better life, Americans must learn to do with a little less so that we can have a little more." And so these "caravans" are supported for different reasons by groups and individuals with widely divergent agendas, from progressive US political groups and their complicit media hoping for more future political power, to one-world Globalists, to immensely wealthy American and foreign industrialists and businesses wanting more cheap labor, to hard-Leftists hoping to destroy American identity and sovereignty to further their Leftist goals. And a few, very few, charities who simply have pity on those they have been lead to believe just want to escape poverty to a better life. They all have widely differing agendas that, if these movements are successful, they hope will be to their benefit. However being for the benefit of the people of America is not one of them.