Summary: Three U.S.-based organizations—Pueblo Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida, and the Centro Sin Fronteras—appear to have played key roles in organizing and otherwise assisting the “caravans” of immigrants. Following the money trail appears to lead back to George Soros’s well-funded Open Society Foundations, which are trying to advance his Open Society ideas throughout the world. Much is unknown and uncertain about their involvement, but it deserves thorough investigation.
The Soros Nexus
Enter George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire with his own distinct view of how the world should operate. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Hungary and behind the Iron Curtain, he developed a hatred for totalitarian governments, bureaucracy, and government control in general. Along the way to earning his billions he developed his open society philosophy—which is far too involved a discussion for here—and has donated most of his wealth (at least $18 billion) to his Open Society Foundations (OSF) to advance his open society philosophy.
Soros is not the Bond villain that some critics see—he is too intelligent and too complex a character to fit into such a limited role. Nor is he the evil capitalist counterrevolutionary that Vladimir Putin has caricatured, nor is he necessarily a friend of Western liberal democracy.
Soros and his foundations have clearly been disruptive influences on political systems. Soros is generally credited with playing a significant role in the “color revolutions” of 2004–2005 that toppled governments in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine and threatened neighboring governments, not least the Putin regime in the Russian Federation. OSF activities have also incurred the wrath of the Hungarian government, which expelled them. More recently, the Open Society network has influenced elections throughout Europe, possibly by leveraging U.S. government funding.
Open borders (unrestricted immigration) is a key component of George Soros’s open society philosophy and the Open Society network of nonprofit foundations.
In Europe, Soros and his foundations have effectively sought to erase national borders and identities and appear to have facilitated the European refugee crisis (2015–2017). He personally called on the European Union to deal with the crisis by opening its borders even more and going further into debt to finance “Marshall Plan for Africa.”
Interestingly, a leaked internal OSF document indicate that OSF’s International Migration Initiative provided 40 grants totaling more than $8 million to 22 organizations during 2014–2016. Almost half ($3.7 million) went to organizations working on migrant and refugee issues in the “Asia/Middle East corridor” and the “Central America/Mexico corridor.” (Note: This document and the leaked memorandum cited below were released through DC Leaks, which is accused of being a front for Russian military intelligence. Nevertheless, despite their dubious provenances, they appear genuine and reliable.)
Closer to his adopted home country, Soros’s involvement in “opposing laws limiting legal and illegal immigration” began at least as early as 1996, when he provided $50 million to create the Emma Lazarus Fund. The Lazarus Fund, later folded into his OSF network, funded directly and indirectly many other groups supporting illegal immigration into the U.S. and elsewhere ever since, according to Rachel Ehrenheld of the American Center for Democracy.
In recent years, OSF has given millions of dollars to other organizations that directly assisted the caravans with fundraising, legal assistance, and media support. These organizations included the American Constitution Society, Centro para la Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos (Center for Legal Action in Human Rights), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Amnesty International, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights First, and Church World Service.
And U.S.-based OSF components have money to burn thanks to Soros. A leaked memorandum to the Open Society U.S. Programs Board dated August 29, 2013, proposed a programmatic budget of $100 million plus a reserve fund of $25 million. It’s good to be a billionaire’s nonprofit.
While the linkages between OSF and Pueblo Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida, and Centro Sin Fronteras are still nebulous, using illegal immigrants as pawns to overwhelm national borders and agitate for open borders is of a piece with Soros’s initiatives to create a global open society.
In the next installment of the series, explore Soros’s philosophy.