Monday, September 1, 2014

Honduras/US: Legislators Meet in Washington to Discuss Influx of Minors from Central America

According to The Latin American TribuneHonduran authorities and a delegation of US lawmakers met in Washington to discuss the structural causes of child immigration from Central America this weekend.

Honduran government coordinator Jorge Ramón Hernández and five US legislators spoke on Saturday evening (August 30) about how violence and crime have forced hundreds of unaccompanied Honduran children to try and enter the United States, the President’s Office said in a communique.

The US delegation consisted of Congressmen Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), James Lankford (R-OK), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and Rob Woodall (R-GA).

Also participating in the meeting were members of the recently-created Honduran Joint Task Force for Immigrant Children and the US Ambassador to Honduras James Nealon.

COMMENT: It is unknown as to what precise solutions were achieved during the meeting, although in the end it is a given that the immigration crisis, created largely by the Obama Administration, will result in Washington appropriating funds it does not have to resolve the crisis on the US border.

Hernández said that seven of every nine unaccompanied Honduran children who cross the US border come from the “most violent areas of Honduras” and emphasized that drug trafficking is the “major cause of the violence” being experienced by the Central American country.

Jorge Hernández said that since the task force was created in June 2014, irregular immigration of unaccompanied minors to the United States “has been drastically reduced by some 68%.

Mr. Hernández also urged the US legislators to support Honduras in fighting the structural causes of illegal immigration, with a priority on creating new economic opportunities and jobs for Hondurans and Central Americans in general.

US officials have detained more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors trying to enter the country illegally in recent months, most of them coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.