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U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis

World  (tags: Guatemala, Honduras, Child Migrants, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Inter American Development Bank, CAFTA, NAFTA, poverty, child refugees, Mexico, privitazation )

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Economic policies driven by U.S.-funded lending organizations like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, along with CAFTA and NAFTA has increased poverty and other policies have increased corruption.

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Dandelion G. (386)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:08 pm
Below is some excerpts from the video and transcript. I hope you'll either listen or read. Know the story behind the story.

The Mothers with their children the fleeing gangs and violence, it’s also this tremendous poverty. And poverty does not just happen. It, itself, is a direct result of policies of both the Honduran government and the U.S. government, including privatizations, mass layoffs of government workers, and a new—in Honduras.

A new law, that’s now made permanent, that breaks up full-time jobs and makes them part-time and ineligible for unionization, living wage and the national health service. And a lot of these economic policies are driven by U.S.-funded lending organizations like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, which itself is funding the corrupt Honduran police.

As these refugees pour into the United States, we’re taking all kinds of measures to justify sending them back and claiming they’re not refugees. But the way we’re doing that is to expedite or rush them through proceedings so quickly that they can’t really tell their stories.

It basically turns on whether or not a 10-year-old child, when confronted with a Border Patrol agent, or young mother confronted with a Border Patrol agent, is able and willing to say, "I’m asking for political asylum. I’m in danger of persecution or abuse at the hands of the drug lords and the gangs."

And all of those people know, if they ever say those words, they’re going to be dead when they go back home. It’s the death penalty to squeal, basically, on the gangs and the drug lords in any way. So, without a lawyer, within days, they’re going to be headed home under expedited proceedings.

This is a violation of international law and also U.S. domestic law. If they qualify for asylum or treatment under the Convention Against Torture, if they’re in danger of being harmed in this way by people who either are government officials or who are acting without the local governments being able or "willing," quote-unquote, to protect the population, then these people are refugees. They cannot be sent back.

Sweeping them under the rug and getting them out of the country so fast that they can’t tell their stories or get any legal advice is a double violation of humanitarian law, and it’s something we’re going to be answering for for a long time.

Dimitris Dallis (44)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:56 pm
Great news :)
Tomorrow is a new day :)

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday July 28, 2014, 3:27 pm
I think you've read it wrong. I know English is not your first language and I know you have a kind heart.

AniMae C. (480)
Monday July 28, 2014, 5:40 pm
The same crimes are currently occurring in Australia, Morrison tries his hardest to keep it secret, he detained almost 200 asylum seekers on the open sea for over a month, it's disgusting!
It's going through the high courts now.

Thanx Dandelion


. (0)
Monday July 28, 2014, 8:19 pm
an election we did not oppose. wow. give me your tired, your poor, your hudled masses yearning to be free. ya right

Rose Becke (287)
Monday July 28, 2014, 8:31 pm
So true AniMae

GGmaSheila D. (178)
Monday July 28, 2014, 8:55 pm
Sad, but the GOPTP PR campaign to its elderly voter base is working...they're telling people that the parents are sending their kids, not to save them from anything, but to have a foot in the door so the parents can get into the US without any visas needed. My mom is furious at the US allowing them to stay...election year and the seniors are believing every word.

PeaceGoodwill to All (80)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 12:14 am
Thanks for the article Dandelion.......have second to AniMae and Rose.......yes Australia is going down the same road.......amazing how they are prepared to spend be so inhumane.....

Sherri SicktilNovtwenthfour (128)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1:04 am
TY Dandelion and Ros you are right on. The best thing about the USA was that we are a country of migrants from all over the world. Noted.

Millie OConnor (183)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 2:14 am
Who wouldn't want to come here to get away from poverty and gangs?! That's really cruel to send these poor people back! I'm glad my grandparents weren't turned away when they came here from Europe (Greece) back in circa 1908. Mom wouldn't be here and neither would I!
Noted. Thanks, dear Sheryl.

Arild Warud (173)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 2:20 am
USA you harvest what you have done trough your imperialist policies - the fair thing to do now is to get these children and their mothers a lawyer a hearing and let them stay as humanity refugues until it can be proven otherwise.You also need to get your immigration laws in order.
Thanks Sheryl.

A F. (131)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 3:28 am
Thank you, Dandelion

Michael Dewey (1034)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 3:50 am
Who said because lawlessness shall abound most people's love will grow cold. Lets not let that continue.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:06 am
" I don’t have any work. It’s been four months without work. This is a part of what motivated me to go—the poverty, the situation here, this insecurity we live through" kind of says it all. Then there is the fact the Honduran "coup" was when the Honduran Supreme Court unanimously found that President Zelayaw was answerable to charges for crimes against the form of government, treason to the motherland, abuse of office and usurpation of functions that damaged the administration. So perhaps some simplification of the facts are presented here.

Birgit W. (155)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 5:05 am
I hope for all US citizens that there will not come a day where they would have to leave their country in this way.
My heart goes out to those poor children and women. Where is compassion?

Margaret Goodman (241)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 6:41 am
John S., you probably know much more about Honduras than I do. However, is it possible that the United States "encouraged" the Honduran Supreme Court to make that ruling? I've had the impression for decades that Honduras is run for the benefit of United States commercial interests. For sure Honduras was the staging ground for the United States backed Contras who overthrew Daniel Ortega's left wing Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980's.

How sad that innocent people have to pay the price for the misguided decisions of the United States.

Winn Adams (218)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 6:53 am
I hope and pray these children can find a place that allows them to not just survive but to thrive and become part of a community where they can contribute and make a difference. Maybe it's here in America . . . . . . .

Divergent revolution (328)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 11:02 am
"The statue of bigotry"Lou reed...r.I.p.
Thanks Dandelion
First Bush invites them...and this is how they're greeted..shame on this country

Mitchell D. (131)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 12:54 pm
It seems that we never take responsibility for the fallout of our policies!

Kathleen Mireault (207)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1:30 pm
Noted, with sadness and anger. Thanks Dandelion. Our country's actions are utterly reprehensible! This is one of those times when i feel ashamed to be an American. Our Governor (Deval Patrick) announced that the Federal government might ask Massachusetts to temporarily house some of these refugees at a couple of military installations. Was totally revolted by racist, xenophobic, hard-hearted responses by far too many people. Turns out that a (slim) majority of my fellow citizens approve of helping out. But it was pretty ugly, nevertheless.

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 1:34 pm
It was with delight that I listened to Gov. Deval, being I'm a former resident and born there. However, I was in total dismay when I saw the negative reaction coming from the people. What happened to you Massachusetts? We in fact use to be far better than that, a leader in the Country for our compassion and concern for others. Seems this whole Country has gone to hell in a hand basket. I'm disgusted by many people's reactions to a lot of things.

Divergent revolution (328)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 3:25 pm
They are being thrown out in droves right here in Murieta, California
I know landlords who've evicted people for harboring them...SHAMEFUL..

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:23 pm
:( May it never rain on their parade. One day they may want someone to offer them a bit of compassion.

Bryan S. (108)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 8:13 pm
Thank you Sheryl, i'll have to listen to the clip tomorrow. As others have said, it's so true that the US takes no responsibility for the suffering caused by its foreign policy. The US in fact should owe various countries of Central and South America many $billions for the suffering and death caused by the brutal dictatorships the US propped up. Guetamala is especially bloody.

And then of course there are the economic policies that have devestated so many, such as "free trade" agreements and conditions demanded by the IMF and World Bank when they give a desperate country a loan. It all amount to corporate take over and end of national sovereignty.

Things have of course gotten worse for the people of Honduras since President Zelaya was removed from office in the middle of the night by gunpoint. He had called for a non-binding referendum that would have gauged people's support for changing the 1 term limit for President to 2 terms. The wealthy elites didn't like that since they saw it as a challenge to their power.

But at least for now we owe these innocent kids safety and a chance for a secure future.

S J. (128)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 8:33 pm
Noted, thanks Dandelion

Roberto M. (55)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 8:35 pm
Noted and Thank you!

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 8:55 pm
This whole issue is entirely disgusting.

Terrie Williams (790)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 9:43 am
Sometimes I am truly ASHAMED to call myself an American....but then I come from America, NOT AmuriKKKa, which is what we all now exist in. It is beyond is heartless, callous, cruel and deceitful what they are doing and have done to these children and mothers who are trying to ESCAPE the situations WE (meaning our government) have created in their countries. I am so tired of the Fascist/Fundy/Bagger takeover of our state gov't's and DC. It has to STOP.

We are all descendants of IMMIGRANTS---some of us are descendants who came here WAY before Ellis Island and 'Legal' immigration policy. HELLO!!!!

Lois Jordan (61)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 6:11 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. I agree that this is an issue of asylum, and those kids should be allowed to stay as the red tape is untangled. The last Pres. Bush signed that on his way out of office, and now House Republicans want to eliminate/change it. The U.S.-C.I.A. has made a mess in those countries over several decades, and those problems they created have come here to roost. It is cruel to deny these children the sanctuary they deserve.

Gina Caracci (223)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 6:00 pm
I believe illegal immigrants need to do things the legal way but these are CHILDREN..
Most immigrants, adults, are fleeing some horrors and Obama has sent back a record amount...They need to fix the borders and enforce laws but understand they are still PEOPLE who have rights and feelings and hopes and dreams. They also must remember that this land was stolen so they have no right being so high and mighty.
I would like to offer to foster one of these children. Wasnt it BUSH who gave them protections and now the repigs are crying...funny how they just handed over billions to their friends.

Diane K. (135)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 7:05 pm
Too bad there are so many children all needing the same political asylum & not receiving it. It's just denial by the US to admit to a very bad situation, which they are not making better. thanks Dandelion

Dandelion G. (386)
Friday August 1, 2014, 3:49 am
This is why I posted this story. The USA creates many of it's own problems by solely protecting the interests of Corporations only at the expense of the people......all the USA and in other Countries. Then when it comes back to roost the situation is always blamed upon the victims of said policies.

Don H. (45)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 5:00 am
These children are refugees, not migrants!

I think most Americans now recognize that CAFTA and NAFTA have been harmful to our interests. The sad part is, they have also been harmful to people South of the border.

Stand up against these destructive "free trade" deals like the TPP being pushed by President Obama.

What has happened to my country? Empathy is seen as weakness. Cruelty and intolerance are being nurtured by Fox "News" as if they are qualities we want to encourage. The parallels to Nazi Germany are striking.

Dandelion G. (386)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 5:06 am
Well said Don.....and that so few people see this dangerous to us all.

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 6:11 am
"The activism that I was a part of back in the '80s, the solidarity with the people in Central America, the opposition of U.S. support of dictators in Latin America — we’re feeling the aftermath of decades of that policy right now in seeing this massive exodus of children from Latin America and the increase in violence within these societies because there’s a vacuum and a dismantling of their societies economically and militarily. And then the influx of drugs that has taken the place of economies that are more sustainable. Now we have the result of families sending their children out of their homes to increase their likelihood of survival. So we’re seeing the effects of U.S. imperialism, where the primary effected people are criminalized for acts of basic survival." Mary Anne Grady Flores US Activist Sentenced to Prison for Taking Photos
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