Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A US-Sponsored Humanitarian Crisis

Our United States government has created a humanitarian crisis
A mother and child told CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the message being disseminated in their country is, "go to America with your child, you won't be turned away."

The woman, Nora Griselda Bercian Diaz, from Guatemala, said she endured threats from the Zetas and extortion from corrupt Mexican police. She eventually crossed the Rio Grande with her 6-year-old Delmi Griselda Paul Bercian by her side.

The woman said she wants a U.S. education for her daughter.

Bercian Diaz said they found corruption in the Mexican government.

"They were asking for 500 pesos, 600 pesos. The federals took that money from us," she said.

She said the Mexican federal police and immigration officers asked for money to "turn the other way."

"The immigration officers took 1,500 pesos," Bercian Diaz said.

She said the threat of rape and kidnapping haunted them every day.

Source:  KRGV 

The bloodthirsty US Torture Chamber of Crony Commerce, in cahoots with cynical politicians looking to pad their voting rolls, have encouraged the ongoing human rights abuse known as illegal immigration.  The result is a flashing neon Welcome sign at our border.  This didn't start with Obama; he's just turbo-charged it. 


Obama's sin is that he purposely provoked this all-out humanitarian crisis.  He raised expectations by policy and by pronouncements in a cynical gambit to overwhelm our immigration system.  And it worked.  People were robbed, beaten, raped and murdered trying to get here, eager participants in the United States of America's Hunger Games, the finish line plastered over with corporate logos, and your prize?  Grinding poverty, cramped apartments, low pay and abuse from criminal employers who do not want to pay a living wage.


What is the root cause?  Why are people from Mexico and Central America coming here?

Poverty and corrupt institutions are easy answers, but they don't tell the whole story.

We have a conveyor belt of criminality running between the US and Central America.  Refugees poured into the US from the wars of the 1980's, many of the youth got a college-level education in criminality from US gangs and from our prison system, and took it back home, and it continues today. 

American nativists see these people as corrupting and dirtying our society, but it's the other way around.  I've known people from all over Central America since the 1980's.  We corrupted them.  The criminal activity in their nations paled in comparison to our gang-fueled violence.  And that's quite an accomplishment when you consider these people have seen civil war and death squads. 

Drugs and people come north because we demand them.  We snort the drugs up our noses and outsource the training of the young men to street gangs and prisons, and then we send the hyper-violent graduates back south to prey on their societies who do not have the law enforcement and criminal justice resources to handle the unprecedented levels of criminality.

We are an open sewer pipe, dumping our cultural sewage on people not prepared for it.  We are a sick and violent nation.  Our popular culture celebrates wealth, crime, gangs, misogyny and violence.  We've been dumping this garbage on our neighbors to the south for decades, and now we're reaping the results.

Nothing less than coordinated government action between the US and the nations of Mexico and Central America will get this under control.  We are providing limited law enforcement assistance, but a social conflagration of this magnitude requires a Marshall Plan.  
It's a complex issue, and I could go on forever, but here are some links that discuss how this happened.  Please read them, and you will gain some understanding of the roots of this crisis as well as its magnitude.

How the Street Gangs took Central America

Making Sense of the Central American Maras

LA Times - Gang Uses Deportation to its Advantage

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