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Central America Leaders Plead for Help from Washington Amid Border Crisis
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe

Posted on 07/24/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT by kristinn

Central American presidents sharply criticized Washington on Thursday for failing to address the root causes of violence and poverty in their countries that helped spur a recent influx of child migrants to the United States.

“Washington must understand that if there exists drug violence in Central America, if there is no peace, if there is a lack of opportunity, this will redound to enormous costs to the United States,” Honduras’s Juan Orlando Hernández said during an appearance with Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The two leaders repeatedly described the situation as a “crisis” but said they are eager to work with the U.S. government to form a new long-term regional pact to address the crisis.

The two presidents met with members of Congress in the morning to press their case for more U.S. aid, a day before they were set to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the president of El Salvador was scheduled to arrive in Washington later Thursday and also will attend the White House conclave.

The meetings come as the Obama administration and Capitol Hill lawmakers debate how to ramp up efforts to stem the flow of more than 57,000 unaccompanied children and another 55,000 adults with children who have been apprehended along the border since last October. The numbers are far higher than in past years, driven largely by an exodus of Central Americans who are hoping they will be allowed to remain in the U.S.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; immigration
More at the source link.
1 posted on 07/24/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Juan, why don’t you fix your own country?


2 posted on 07/24/2014 11:20:41 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: kristinn

Cut off foreign aid, ban remittances and then, the hard thing, ban the import of their bananas


3 posted on 07/24/2014 11:22:22 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: kristinn

Why don’t WE fix THEIR problem???


4 posted on 07/24/2014 11:23:31 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: kristinn

Booosh’s fault again?


5 posted on 07/24/2014 11:24:06 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: kristinn

Central American presidents need new Yachts and new Villas, the old one are ,Ah , getting Old


6 posted on 07/24/2014 11:24:12 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: PATRIOT1876
Juan want money from the US but he has absolutely no intention using it to fix his country.

Those numbered off shore banks accounts don't fill themselves, you know

7 posted on 07/24/2014 11:25:07 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: kristinn
Guatemala can go F itself.Last week they were signing a treaty with Mexico to make it easier for their citizens to get to our country.
Bottom line is,the politicians in Central America want a pay-off.
8 posted on 07/24/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: kristinn
Central American leaders are the international equivalent of squeegee men, and America just stopped at a green light.
9 posted on 07/24/2014 11:28:14 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: kristinn

“criticized Washington on Thursday for failing to address the root causes of violence and poverty in their countries that helped spur a recent influx of child migrants to the United States.”

IN THEIR COUNTRIES

Sorry, I didn’t know we were baybysitter for the whole world......................unbelievable.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 11:30:25 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: V_TWIN

Glad to see the wash compost carrying the mail for ‘em.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: PATRIOT1876

Yeah Juan we’re not the world’s piggy bank anymore. Obama fixed that!
Now you expect us to feed, clothe, house, educate, and provide free healthcare for all of your walking breeding machines when our damned citizens can’t get any help!

The One’s day is coming and it’s going to be one of his own people not us. It’s gonna be ugly.


12 posted on 07/24/2014 11:31:32 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: PATRIOT1876

After reading the first sentence, I had to look and see if it was satire.

They are complaining that the US is not fixing their problems?


13 posted on 07/24/2014 11:31:42 AM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: kristinn

Take your people home and we will call it even. Moochers all of them


14 posted on 07/24/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: kristinn
Given that the US Federal Reserve is printing trillions of soon-to-be-worthless dollars, there are multitudes looking for handouts.

How come we don't hear the term OBAMANOMICS out there?

15 posted on 07/24/2014 11:36:41 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Farmer Dean

If these “children” were legitimate refugees, they’d be in camps in the first safe country they came to. Wouldn’t that be Belize or Mexico? Letting them cross the border from Mexico makes no sense, since they were safe enough in Mexico to travel across that country.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 11:40:23 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

This whole mess is looking more and more like a shake-down by Latino leaders.Just send money(lots of it)and they will make the probem go away.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 11:43:51 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: GeronL

Cut off foreign aid, ban remittances and then, the hard thing, ban the import of their bananas


As long as you leave their cigars alone...


18 posted on 07/24/2014 11:48:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: kristinn

These losers are doing everything they can to paint this as a USA-caused problem.

Yes, drugs come from central America to the USA, but where do the drugs come from to begin with, that come into south America in the first place? Why aren’t they as vocal against that nation or nations? And why haven’t they stopped the traffic before it gets to the USA and contaminates our populace?

Yes, we went in and helped Columbia clean up their drug problem, but that was supposed to be an example of leadership for other central/south American countries to do the same. And they didn’t.

The USA has spent billions combatting central American drugs. The drug trafficking problem is a central American corruption problem, not an America-caused problem.


19 posted on 07/24/2014 11:48:51 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: joshua c

I had to look and see if it was satire

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A lot of news stories these days sound like satire. The country has become a farse.


20 posted on 07/24/2014 11:50:16 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: kristinn

Wait, they criticized Washington for crisis that even WA DC doesn’t have any ability to affect. Freeloading pile on commies!


21 posted on 07/24/2014 11:50:40 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: kristinn

“Take our riffraff and send us money.”


22 posted on 07/24/2014 11:54:04 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: joshua c

After reading the first sentence, I had to look and see if it was satire.

They are complaining that the US is not fixing their problems?


That’s kinda what I was thinking.

I see the world as a small town with no laws, no mayor, no police force and no other government. And each country is a home on its own plot of land. Think of the oceans as the streets.

So, the US is a really big and really nice house while Honduras is a single wide with a car on blocks in the front yard. And they don’t like their situation. Their people are just sitting around doing nothing and causing trouble while their kids are showing up, asking if we’ll adopt them. No. Strike that. Asking if we will give them a nice room of their own with a big Barbie playhouse and they are still connected to their parents.

Maybe they should work to put some wheels on that car, sell it, and use the money to do some improvements, build a garden, buy some chickens and cows, etc.


23 posted on 07/24/2014 11:54:06 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: cuban leaf
This reminds me of the night I first landed in Hong Kong. The cabbie drove me a half block past my hotel, parked and walked me back a few yards, pointed out my hotel and then overcharged me about 1000%.

Tired and unfamiliar with the exchange rates I paid.

But what really got me was he acted indignant that I hadn't tipped him.

When it comes to ripping off the west, the third world mentality is the same the world over.

24 posted on 07/24/2014 12:01:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: kristinn

Problems in your country? Are you kidding? My God. I am truly speechless.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 12:03:40 PM PDT by waxer1 (A Republic if you can keep it--Benjamin Franklin. Well we lost it.)
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To: kristinn

Have to let the Congressional Capitalists know how you feel! (Everyone in Congress is a capitalist.)


26 posted on 07/24/2014 2:28:08 PM PDT by huldah1776
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*I had to look and see if it was satire.*

Sometimes I'm reading a real news story and I can barely believe that it's not from The Onion!

27 posted on 07/24/2014 3:11:04 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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