"Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis
The Root Causes of Migration: End U.S. Funding of the Drug War and the Corrupt Honduran Regime
June 21, 2014 | The heartbreaking stories emanating from the immigration detention centers near the border have rightly been making the news. However the U.S. media has largely ignored the real lessons from the increasing number of Unaccompanied Minors being detained near the U.S. border. This “humanitarian crisis” has not been caused by the criminal nature of the people of Central America, irresponsible parenting, or the clichéd pursuit of the “American Dream”. Children and their families are coming to the U.S. to survive. At its root, they are too often trying to escape the devastating consequences of past and present U.S. foreign policy in the region.
Click here to sign a petition to President Obama and the U.S. Congress urging them to end the counterproductive funding of the Drug War and the corrupt Honduran Regime
The number of children attempting to cross the border into the United States has risen dramatically in the last five years: In FY 2009, roughly 6,000 unaccompanied minors were detained near the border. Credible estimates project that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will detain as many as 74,000 unaccompanied minors by the end of FY 2014. Approximately 28% of the children detained this year are from Honduras, 24% from Guatemala, and 21% from El Salvador.The particularly severe increases in Honduran migration are a direct result of the June 28, 2009 SOA-graduate led coup, the abusive policies of the resulting Honduran regimes, and the shameful U.S. support for these corrupt governments that emerged after dubious elections in 2009 and 2013.
SOA Watch, founded by Maryknoll priest Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990, is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
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Part 2: No Winners When It Comes to Border Security
- The militarization of the border has become not simply a means to an end, but the end itself.
- Here’s what that means
Alana de Hinojosa, AlterNet.
Photo Credit: 2006 Getty Images
June 25, 2013 | While many progressives are resigned to border security as a tradeoff for “comprehensive” immigration reform, a new study published earlier this month by the University of Arizona’s Binational Migration Institute revealed the stark reality of such a compromise: during times of increased border security migrant deaths along the border have soared. In the south-central Arizona area alone, deaths peaked at 225 in 2010, and were only slightly lower in 2011 and 2012.
The report goes on to suggest that if we continue to beef-up the already steroid-overdosed border enforcement, there will be more deaths and at higher and higher numbers.
Yet, at the same time, the call for enhanced border security continues to dominate the conversation about immigration reform. Last Thursday, border security, the Republicans’ most pressing concern, domineered the debate as never before as senators announced an official border security compromise. By Monday, Senate lawmakers backed a new amendment by Republican senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee that calls for the U.S. government to aim for a state of "persistent surveillance" along the border.
Alana de Hinojosa is an intern at AlterNet.
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Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities, Kolten Parker, San Francisco (CA) Gate / Popular Resistance
- “The influx of unaccompanied children across the southwest border has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”
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