July 28, 2014

U.S. Responsible for Flood of Child Migrants

For more than 100 years the United States has suppressed democracy in Central America in order to enrich U.S. corporations by keeping poverty rampant and wages low. It has prevented the rule of law and kept real democracy nothing but a faint dream. The American military has created, trained and directed death squads that have killed hundreds of thousands of people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Whenever the people of Central America have managed to overcome rigged elections and actually elect a true leader who supports basic human rights, the CIA has been quick to swoop in and violently overthrow the elected government and install a vicious military dictatorship. In recent decades the U.S. has gotten a little better at lying about its crimes but it still prevents democracy and human rights from taking root and denies the entire region any hope to the end of their suffering.

One of the first things that Obama did after being elected by misled American voters, was to overthrow the democratically elected government of Honduras. In 2009, President Manuel
Zelaya was forcibly removed from office by U.S. backed Honduran soldiers because he wanted to raise his country's minimum wage and provided free education and school meals for poor children. He had been able to reduce poverty by almost 10% in two years.

The decrease in poverty in Honduras meant a slight increase in wages for those working for foreign companies and this might have reduced American executive bonuses and stock-holder dividends by a fraction of a penny.

Since Obama overthrew the President of Honduras it has grown to have the world's highest murder rate, with democracy activists and journalist the most frequently targeted. El Salvador and Guatemala are not much better.

The president of Guatemala recently asked Obama for $2 billion to help alleviate poverty in Central America and reduce the refugees but Obama will instead spend $2 billion on tighter border controls to keep more of the refugee children in Mexico where they are easy prey for human traffickers, drug lords and satanists. Obama is also asking Congress to repeal a law that gives the children a right to a hearing before being deported.

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann recently claimed that the kids should be put in labor camps to work "off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture."

Instead of putting the kids into work camps, Obama is simply sending them back across the border, regardless of their circumstances and in violation of international refugee law.