Guatemala’s President Says $2 Billion From America Would Probably Help Border Crisis
There’s a word for this – extortion:
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina says $2 billion in federal aid and other U.S. investment in Central America could help end the flood of migrants across the U.S. southern border.
But it’s a fool’s game, says the leader of a charity serving immigrants from Honduras.
“I think giving money to these governments is a serious mistake,” said Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Francisco Morazan Integrated Organization in Miami
“Corruption in our country (Honduras) is huge, no limits. And the money they are talking about is coming from our taxes,” he said.
Giving money to Central American governments in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is basically the same as throwing it away, he said.
Instead, Portillo said, President Obama and the U.S. Congress should “ensure it is spent on helping these children who are returned to their countries.”
Guatemala’s Molina said to “attack the root of the problem,” the U.S. needs ” to think about making investments in countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.”
Since 2008, according to a Washington Post report, the U.S. has sent about $528 million to the three countries for security and law enforcement. The U.S. Agency for International Development in 2012 spend $148.4 million among the three countries for education, economic development, democracy, environment, heath and more.
Not a dime of this would go to stop illegal immigration. It would go to Molina and his buddies.
This should be used as a symbol of what all foreign aid does. Strengthens the corrupt.
Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers
Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.