Michelle Malkin Follows the Money Behind the Open Borders Movement

A well-funded, broad network of individuals and groups is working to erase US borders, author says in her new book
By Charlotte Cuthbertson
Charlotte Cuthbertson
Charlotte Cuthbertson
Senior Reporter
Charlotte Cuthbertson is a senior reporter with The Epoch Times who primarily covers border security and the opioid crisis.
October 10, 2019 Updated: October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON—Michelle Malkin, author and political commentator, was inspired to write her newest book after  caravans of migrants from Central America began piling illegally across the U.S.–Mexico border in November 2018.

The book, “Open Borders Inc. Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?”, is a 500-page compendium that makes the case that U.S. sovereignty is on the brink of being lost, sold out through endless illegal immigration, amnesty deals, sanctuary policies, the refugee program, and systematic attacks on immigration enforcement.

Malkin’s investigative premise was to follow the money, and this sentence perhaps best sums up her claim: “The open borders conspiracy enabling unrelenting waves of migrant outlaws is a colossal profit-seeking venture cloaked in humanitarian virtue.”

Malkin names hundreds of nonprofit groups and churches, with billion-dollar budgets, that are involved in eliminating America’s borders and creating a global governance. She names corporations, Silicon Valley CEOs, and Hollywood elites who push for a borderless America, and the liberal media that she says is complicit. She calls hedge fund billionaire George Soros the CEO of “Open Borders Inc.”

Malkin said billions, if not trillions, of dollars are involved.

“I think what’s shocking is not the fact that you have a single hedge fund billionaire in George Soros—who has now earmarked $18 billion out of his $25 billion net worth to go to these kinds of programs—but I think not enough Americans pay attention to the kind of philanthropy that is destroying America,” Malkin said.

“You cannot underestimate the ripple effect of that private philanthropy. I think what’s going to shock people is the amount of taxpayer funding that is building off and leveraging the Soros piece of it. The refugee resettlement program itself has given billions of dollars to religious nonprofits that I’m sure a lot of churchgoers have no idea is going on.”

Refugee Resettlement

The Refugee Resettlement program, which is run through the United Nations, also works in conjunction with many NGOs that are either directly or indirectly funded by Soros, Malkin said.

“[They’re] making decisions for people in places like Nashville, and the Twin Cities, and Lewiston, Maine, and all up and down the coast of New England, and unsuspecting communities of who should make up their communities and how many,” she said. “And people will be absolutely shocked by the way that their neighborhoods have been transformed with zero input inside the United States, but plenty of scheming and orchestrating in all of these global entities and NGOs.

“The goal here is to be able to subvert the will of the people in the United States, let alone any sense of local control, which is one of the fundamental basic principles of governance in the United States.”

In a new move to correct the issue of local control, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Sept. 26 that requires refugees only be resettled in jurisdictions where both state and local governments consent to receive them, with certain limited exceptions.

The estimated cost of resettling refugees over five years—including housing, welfare, education, and cash assistance is $8.8 billion, according to a report by the Washington-based organization Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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Migrants rush past riot police at the foot of a bridge leading from the migrant camp to the El Chaparral pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

‘Caravan Cartels’

As the migrant caravans continued to head to the U.S. border at the beginning of 2019, Malkin wondered who or what was behind them.

While she found a web of organizations linked to the caravans, the most frequent name to pop up was Pueblo Sin Fronteras (“People Without Borders”). On its website, the group states its dream is “to build solidarity bridges among peoples and turndown border walls imposed by greed.”

Pueblo Sin Fronteras denied it was behind the formation of the first large caravan in 2018, but it has led caravans from Central America to the United States for years.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras is based in San Diego, but operates on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border and is run by Emma Lozano, who comes from a well-known communist party family in Chicago.

Malkin said the director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Irineo Mujica, who has helped facilitate the caravans’ travel, gets help from churches that provide sanctuary to illegal aliens and are connected to the amnesty movement.

“In other words, the movement to grant a blanket pardon to millions of illegal aliens who are already here in the United States,” she said.

“The sanctuary movement has actually existed in the United States since the 1980s, and there are a number of evangelical Christian groups, Catholic groups, Unitarian groups that formed a network to help welcome the first wave of Central American illegal aliens in the 1980s who came here seeking a better life, largely, and to escape poverty.”

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Pueblo Sin Fronteras director Irineo Mujica talks to reporters outside the near-empty migrant camp at the Benito Juarez sports complex near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Dec. 1, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Although a lot of the people who help illegal immigrants have good intentions, Malkin cautions that good intentions don’t always produce good results.

“What folks, who either participate in the sanctuary movement or who volunteer for any number of these non-profits—thinking that they’re fulfilling a mission of faith, for example—have to understand, is that their actions have consequences,” Malkin said. “And the consequences of either deliberately or unknowingly undermining our immigration laws is that it creates these very powerful pull factors and magnets for more people to do the same thing.”

Malkin cited lawyers who work pro bono on both sides of the U.S.–Mexico border.

“Many of them [are] either subsidized by George Soros or ensconced in far-left law schools. [They] go down to the border and are providing a plethora of ‘Know Your Rights’ seminars, essentially coaching people to undermine the integrity of our asylum system by giving them fake stories,” she said.

A new development that may affect both the lawyer groups and possibly even sanctuary politicians is a case that the Supreme Court is about to take up.

At the solicitor general’s behest, the Supreme Court will hear a case about whether encouraging or inducing illegal immigration for commercial advantage or private financial gain violates the First Amendment.

The case at hand involves Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, a former California immigration consultant who was convicted in 2013 on charges that included encouraging foreigners to reside illegally in the United States. The 9th Circuit reversed the decision in December 2018.

Malkin lambasts sanctuary policies and the politicians who enact them. Sanctuary policies generally inhibit communication and cooperation between local and state law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.

“The fact that there is very close cooperation between all sorts of federal agencies along with agencies underneath it at all levels. Why would we exempt immigration from that?” Malkin said. “Who’s responsible for the tropes and the propaganda that have brainwashed [people] into thinking that this is one area that we can never allow that kind of communication to keep people safer? It’s insane.”

Abolish ICE, Antifa

Malkin said “Abolish ICE” supporters, along with Antifa and sanctuary “anarchists,” believe that the government should have no legitimate power to enforce immigration law in the interior of the country.

“They don’t believe in borders. Once people hop over them, they don’t think that anyone who is, ‘otherwise law abiding’” should be removed, she said—even if they crossed the border illegally, stole an American citizen’s identification, ignored a final order of deportation, or re-entered the country after deportation.

“Then after a five- or 10-year period, we should lobby for another amnesty, or under Obama Administrative fiat to grant them mass pardons—no big deal,” Malkin said.

She also lists in the appendix a timeline of Antifa violence since April 2016, leading up to the Trump election, and through July 2019. Twenty-three incidents are listed, including the attempted bombing of a Tacoma, Washington, ICE detention facility.

Taking Action

Malkin ends the first section of the book with a plan for those who wish to take action.

“I don’t want to leave people in complete despair,” she said. “There’s plenty that we can do. To defund ‘Open Borders Inc.,’ which I think is absolutely imperative to restoring a sense of sovereignty in this country, you can start small. I focus on Hollywood and the media, and their roles in echoing and amplifying so much of the propaganda that makes it impossible to have a logical and calm discussion about this.

“If you don’t like that George Clooney is out there undermining our sovereignty, if you don’t like the Catholic Church and what the pope is saying, stop putting money in their pockets. I think it’s a good way of starting to feel empowered.”

Malkin also encourages people to hold elected officials accountable.

“I think one of the reasons why we don’t have more of a movement to do that is people have no idea about the scale of the problem,” she said.

“We are governed by basic principles of defending American sovereignty. These two things cannot coexist: Unlimited amounts of compassion for welcoming the entire world that’s able to get here, and defending this principle that it is our right to determine who gets in, how many get in, and what traits, what allegiances, are pledged by the people that come into the country.”

“Open Borders Inc.” was published on Sept. 10.

Charlotte Cuthbertson
Charlotte Cuthbertson
Senior Reporter
Charlotte Cuthbertson is a senior reporter with The Epoch Times who primarily covers border security and the opioid crisis.