Skip to comments.Joe Biden Visits Guatemala to Tamp Down the Immigration Crisis
Posted on 06/19/2014 6:46:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Guatemala Friday with the aim of addressing the root causes of the immigration crisis. However, the official announcement of his visit seems to admit what critics have alleged: that the Obama administration could address some of the root causes without leaving Washington, D.C.
In fiscal year 2011, about 4,000 minors arrived unaccompanied at the southern U.S. border, a number that increased to more than 21,000 in 2013. This fiscal year has already seen that number soar to about 47,000, the Obama administration reports. Americans are bombarded by images of thousands of children, mostly from Central America, tightly packed in refugee camps on the southern border.
The Obama administration created an inter-agency United Cooperation Group to help deal with the influx, which is a problem of humanitarian proportions, according to Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnsons statement to Congress.
Biden had already been scheduled to visit Brazil, where he was to watch Tuesdays soccer match between the U.S. and Ghana, and then to visit Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Last Sunday, in the wake of criticism surrounding the Obama administrations handling of the immigration crisis, the White House announced that Biden would add Guatemala, the origin of many of the young refugees, to his list of destinations.
Biden will spend Friday discussing the crisis with President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and Coordinator General Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, representing the Honduran government. The vice president is expected to discourage further immigration and to correct misperceptions of U.S. policy that might have boosted immigration. Foremost among these is the idea that unaccompanied children who make it to the border will have immunity from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
The bottom line is that its not worth subjecting children to a perilous journey when, at the end of the day, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, said the anonymous official who announced the visit to the press by phone.
Its significant that the administrations announcement emphasized the need to clarify the role and application of DACA, and that it issued a warning that there will be no light at the end of the tunnel for immigrants. This constitutes an admission that the crisis might indeed be exacerbated by the perception that the U.S. government treats illegal immigrants generously. In other words, the crisis might not be primarily the result of turmoil and poverty in countries of origin, as Johnson claimed before a skeptical Congress.
The hypothesis about expectation of lenient treatment neatly explains a lot of data. It explains the USA Today report that unaccompanied children at the border squatted on the levee and awaited their arrest rather than sneaking across in the dark of night. It also explains why immigrants would say they were primarily motivated by the perception that permisos, or free passes, will be issued to those who make it across the border, as Byron York notes.
Finally, it explains why the Guatemalan ambassador to the U.S., Julio Ligorria, speaking on a talk show on Univision, would reject the theory that gang violence in Guatemala created the crisis. Ligorria observed that most of the refugees come from the north of Guatemala, far away from the parts of the country where gang violence is the most intense.
The point of dispute between Obama and his critics boils down to whether or to what degree these perceptions of border-control leniency are accurate. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, contends that they are quite accurate. In a statement issued June 2, he said:
The recent surge of children and teenagers from Central America showing up at our Southern border is an Administration-made disaster. . . . Word has gotten out around the world about President Obamas lax immigration-enforcement policies, and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally, many of whom are children from Central America.
Arguably, Goodlattes charge is an understatement. Lax suggests mere non-enforcement of the law, whereas the government appears to be actively aiding the immigrants. CNN documents illegal immigrants in Arizona being given bus tickets to the homes of relatives living elsewhere in the U.S. The report claims that its unclear whether these people will be deported later, though it strains credulity to think that the government would disperse thousands of people all over the U.S. via Greyhound if there were any serious intention of rounding them back up for deportation later.
Such practices stand in contrast to the warning in the announcement of Bidens visit to Guatemala: that there will be no light at the end of the tunnel for prospective immigrants. Time will tell whether these words are mere empty rhetoric or whether they signal a policy change to address some of the root causes of the immigration crisis at home.
Spencer Case is a philosophy graduate student at the University of Colorado. He is a U.S. Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and an Egypt Fulbright alumnus.
I thought he was down there hanging out with the soccer players.
The “root cause” is an open US border and a generous Welfare system that is available to anyone who crosses. Walk across and stick out your hand and the government cash starts flowing to you.
Millions of illiterate third worlders make our country competitive in the future . . /s
If you set out cheese, you shouldn’t be surprised when mice show up.
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Guatemala Friday with the aim of addressing the root causes of the immigration crisis.
Joe should have visited Nana..
I would have told him we have no “immigration crisis”
but the root causes of the illegal alien crisis is that they are coming through the border and his boss not only refuses to stop them..he’s invited them to commit crimes on our border and in our sovereign country..
Thus Obama is the #1 root cause of this crisis...
Obama has proven that there will never be any more Federal Amnesty Laws passed because of his flooding the US Border with the children due to Obamas illegal Executive Dreamer Order.
The Guatemalans are probably clamoring for him to be deported already.
If Biden acknowledges that he will not get a free taxpayer funded trip to Central America.
Joe, just remember to not say anything to Mexico, our ally in this little redistribution scheme; we want it to continue to let those aliens pass through its otherwise .50 cal bullet-proof southern border.
TRANSLATION FROM DUMMYCRAP BAFFLE-GAB: "let 'em pour in to get the votes we need---and extort taxpayers to subsidize the vote-getting scheme." Dummycrats are using the "Clinton vote-trading formula---let so may illegals in--get so many votes."
It was a slap in the face to struggling law-abiding Americans when the Guatemalan Counsel "looked in" on the swarm at the border---and compained to a US reporter about the conditions the new Dummycrat voters were living in.
Better clean house first, buddy.
5/28/13----Former Guatemala Prez used US banks to launder millions (elected to "redistribute" nation's wealth)
An ex-president of Guatemala faced charges in NY that he used US banks to launder millions looted from his impoverished nation. Alfonso Portillo took office in 2000 pledging to redistribute Guatemalas wealth. Portillo, 61, allegedly ran scams to drain the impoverished country's coffers. The feds say Portillo embezzled about $2.5M provided by the Taiwanese embassy....$1.5 million was earmarked for Libraries for Peace....books for school kids.
Portillo personally endorsed three, $500,000 checks issued against an account at the Intl Bank of China in Manhattan, then deposited the cash in the Miami bank account of a Guatemalan bank controlled by a close associate and political supporter .....the money was funneled to bank accounts in Paris in the names of Portillos ex-wife and daughter.
Portillo swindled nearly $4M defense funds ...and plundered the national bank run by his alleged co-conspirator through overdrafts financed by public reserves -- stolen money paid for expensive watches and cars, for himself and his associates, according to the indictment. (Source: NY POST news report.)
Guatemala receives $391.8 annually in direct US aid earmarked for the poverty-stricken populations they are now throwing over the border.
This figure does not reflect US military aid and pother US agency aid to these swindlers.
Where is the aid money going?
WIKI The Guatemalan population in the US per the 2010 Census was 1,044,209. Guatemalans are the fifth largest Hispanic group in the United States and the second largest Central American population, after Salvadorans. Half of the Guatemalan population is situated in two parts of the country, the Northeast and Southern California.
Along with other Central Americans such as Costa Ricans, they first arrived by way of Mexico and settled in urban areas like Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, New York City and San Francisco.
The intensification of the Guatemalan Civil War during the 1970s and 1980s led to an influx of tens of thousands of Guatemalan refugees into the United States via Mexico, via both legal and illegal means. Guatemalan refugees became an important political and economic influence on seeking an end to their homeland's civil war, which finally came about in 1996.
They also organized to change policies of the Mexican government in dealing with Guatemalan immigrants' legal status, their experience in Mexico, and difficulties of Guatemalans in Mexico immigrating to the US.
Half of the Guatemalan population is situated in two parts of the country, the Northeast and Southern California. A combined population of 267,335 resides in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. The Northeast megalopolis, extending from Northern Virginia to north of Boston is home to a population of 257,729 Guatemalans. Cities such as Langley Park, Maryland, Trenton, New Jersey, Stamford, Connecticut, Providence, Rhode Island, and Lynn, Massachusetts have significant concentrations of Guatemalans along the corridor.
States with largest Guatemalan pressure groups---trading votes for more foreign aid: (Source: 2010 Census): California - 332,737 Florida - 83,882 New York - 73,806 Texas - 66,244 New Jersey - 48,869 Georgia - 36,874 Illinois - 35,321 Maryland - 34,491 Virginia - 33,556 Massachusetts - 32,812
These countries are sending their people here so as to let America provide better lives for their citizens ,from free medical care to free gov benefits,etc,etc.. These other countries do not respect American laws.When they see thousands of illegals who reached the U.S. border will likely never be deported but set free and be rewarded to stay here It encourages these countries to send more and more people and free’s them up from having to take care of their citizens.It’s now or never time to starting sending them north..
Vice President Joe Biden will visit Guatemala Friday with the aim of addressing the root causes of the immigration crisis.
Really? I have a mirror you can borrow Biden. Wow these people are unbelievable.
I am just so damn disgusted.
Joe Biden has been thoroughly briefed by the DNC: Speaking to a National Association of Manufacturers, Biden called for a “constant, unrelenting stream’ of new immigrants not dribbling (but) significant flows,” The Hill reported.
I say let Joe take as many of the illegals aliens as his private house will hold...
How is he at diapers ???
Theres a lot of illegal aliens babies hopin’ for a change.....
I can imagine that the progressives sit around laughing their heads off because, in addition to planning and executing this entire nation-destroying influx, they tell lies like this with a straight face.
Just imagine the comments in their meetings. “Yeah, let’s tell the press this whopper. You know the stupid public will believe it.”
Is Biden gonna hand out fruit baskets for them to eat on the way to U.S.?
Dollars to donuts the plagiarist ends up ratcheting the situation up tenfold!
Boy you got that right. Was listening to KFI with Handle on the news and they had sent a reporter to Nogales. The reporter was talking with a Border Patrol guy and asked him why these kids were coming he assumed it was because of the violence in their countries. The agent said no not the main reason. Its because church groups from here and other groups telling them that now is the best time because if you go to the US now its a free ticket. The US will not send them back they will take care of you. Grrrrrr.