Anti-Attrition Through Enforcement
Anti-migrant advocates have been tremendously successful at labeling everything amnesty and then pushing an anti-amnesty agenda. It's always easier to organize against something than it is to organize in favor of something. With that in mind I've decided it's time pro-migrant advocates come up with their own anti-agenda: anti-attrition.
Attrition sounds innocent enough. It's a clinical term. An anti-attrition rallying cry might not seem very appealing at first. But the same could have been said for amnesty. Amnesty essentially means forgiveness. If anti-migrant advocates were able to make amnesty a bad word in a God-fearing, Jesus-loving nation, then it can't be hard to do the same thing with attrition.
What does attrition through enforcement mean? Believe it or not, unlike amnesty, attrition through enforcement is something that leading anti-migrant organizations actually advocate for. A dry definition of the term attrition is to wear something down, like a rock, through constant rubbing or friction. But when applied to humans attrition has all sorts of horrible connotations. Dictionary.com provides this definition:
A wearing down or weakening of resistance, esp. as a result of continuous pressure or harassmentTo engage in attrition warfare is to wear down your enemy to the "point of collapse". If these connotations haven't gotten you riled up yet, they should.
Mark Krikorian didn't dissapoint. Though the average observer might not have discerned it, he advocated for a unnerving policy of attrition through enforcement. As I mentioned before the connotations of attrition are terrifying, but in case people still don't quite understand what it means, it is what the New York Times has described as "the misery strategy":
Their one big idea is that harsh, unrelenting enforcement at the border, in the workplace and in homes and streets would dry up opportunities for illegal immigrants and eventually cause the human tide to flow backward. That would be true only if life for illegal immigrants in America could be made significantly more miserable than life in, say, rural Guatemala or the slums of Mexico City. That will take a lot of time and a lot of misery to pull that off in a country that has tolerated and profited from illegal labor for generations.
If that doesn't lay out how disgusting this strategy is, and it doesn't put you in the anti-attrition camp, I don't know how else to say it. The one big plan all these anti-migrant think tanks and organizations have, is to make migrants' lives so miserable that they leave on their own. If anyone's ever wondered how people can allow leaders who endorse massive human suffering to take power, it's through ideas like these. Worst of all, it's already happening. There are already millions of migrants in the United States that live in absolute fear. It has not gotten miserable enough to turn back the tide of migration, yet, but I don't want to live to see that day. I can only hope that other U.S. citizens, and the rest of the world, feels the same way.
Watch the video to see how Krikorian justifies this horrific strategy, and fast forward to time stamp 1:26:12 if you want to see an inarticulate Gringo Chapin (your's truly) oppose him. The good news is that the vast majority of the audience thought the pro-migrant side of the debate won. Now those BU students just need to call their political representatives.
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