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Guatemala’s 1st Lady: Children Are Not Fleeing Violence

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Unaccompanied children not fleeing violence, says Guatemala’s first lady


By Whitney Eulich | July 10, 2014

Guatemala’s first lady Rosa Leal de Pérez traveled to the US-Mexico border earlier this month to see how the US is dealing with the surge of migrant children, many from her nation.

So she does do ‘photo ops.’

She called the situation a “humanitarian crisis” and said she believed the kids were primarily traveling to the US in order to reunite with family members. Ms. Leal de Pérez blamed US immigration policies for keeping families apart and parents for putting their kids at risk.

In fact, the Spanish news outlet, La Jornada, where this was reported used the headline: ‘"El 80% de niños migrantes viaja en busca de reunificación familiar." Which says 80% of the these ‘children’ are coming here to reunite with their families.

If this is true (and it probably is), the border crisis has a simple and moral solution: We need to re-unite these children with their parents, and send them all back home to their country of origin. And this also a very economical plan.

Because no matter what this might cost, it will be cheaper in the long run. But, more importantly, it’s the right thing to do.

Something she didn’t find responsible? Violence back home.

“I can’t say violence isn’t a problem in our countries,” she said, referring to Central America’s northern triangle, which includes Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and from where the majority of these young migrants are fleeing. But she said violence wasn’t the reason kids were heading north.

“In the municipalities where these kids are coming from, there aren’t gangs,” Leal de Pérez said.


Despite higher levels of violence and gang activity in urban areas, and the fact that most of the Guatemalan minors arriving on the US-Mexico border are from more rural areas, there’s unfortunately plenty of gang violence to go around.

Gangs in Central America aren’t confined to big cities. In rural eastern El Salvador, for example, gang symbols are painted on the sides of buildings and written in chalk on deserted sidewalks. A thriving urban center isn’t required for extortion, threats, and murder…

You see? This Christian Science Monitor ‘reporter’ knows more about the situation in Guatemala than the local news media and Guatemala’s First Lady. (Despite the fact that Whitney Eulich probably couldn’t even find Guatemala on a map.)

But, once again, if these illegal aliens were truly fleeing gang violence, why would they pay gangs to smuggle them to the US? And why would they come to the US, anyway, which (thanks to Hispanic illegal aliens) has its own serious ‘gang violence,’ especially in heavy illegal alien neighborhoods?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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