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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 03:26 PM

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed "War on Drugs" and Now Deny Them Refuge


Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Victoria Sanford, Moyers & Company | News Analysis

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to "fix" DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico as well as a rapid and massive deportation of unaccompanied children and families entering the US without a visa.

Trump claims this will stop Central American and other undocumented immigrants from entering the United States. These policies might make it more difficult, but they will not stop the flow of migration because the United States is not the pull factor of migration. Violence in Central American countries is the push factor today, just as it was in the late 20th century.

For much of the 20th century, the US has made strategic decisions that have brought great harm to Central Americans -- siding with dictators in the 1980s as our Cold War proxy to "fight communism," and siding with corrupt national governments in the 21st century to "fight drug traffickers."

The violent image of unrestrained power in Guatemala in the 1980s was an Army soldier or tank confronting unarmed civilians. Armed power in Guatemala today is represented by a heavily equipped police officer in a black uniform and a ski mask driving a four-wheel-drive truck that may or may not have license plates. Nonetheless, violence in Guatemala today has its roots in the period of military dictatorship and civil war.

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 03:28 PM

1. Kick and recommend.

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Sat Nov 25, 2017, 07:03 PM

2. This country has a hell of a karmic bill to pay.

That may explain Trump.

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