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Report: Honduras President Blames US Drug Policy for Migrant Surge

Hernandez, who took office in January after winning on a pledge to be tough on crime, said only a drop in violence would curb the wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who have overwhelmed temporary detention facilities on the U.S. border.

“Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade,” Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. “The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs. Then Mexico did it.”

So often, we are our own worst enemy.

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21 comments to Drug War and Immigration

  • primus

    I recall reading the book ‘The Ugly American’ when I was an impressionable youth. It painted the US as the good guys who are misunderstood but well intentioned. In other words, it was a load of bilge. Propaganda. The interweb is showing the US in its true light; as an imperialist nation intent on ruling the world through any means available. If you have wondered why the US is despised throughout much of the world, wonder no more.

  • Frank W.

    The 1980s wasn’t just leg-warmers and Cyndi Lauper like VH1’s programming suggests. It was also Contras and Ollie North, as everyone but Peggy Noonan remembers. “Stuff” happened in Central America we’re still paying the price on.

    • thelbert

      frank, you nailed it. this morning, pbs had a segment about our drug deportees in el salvador. who brought their gangs with them when they were deported from state prisons in CA. the price of electing ronald reagan is still costing us.

  • Francis

    “Honduras has been living in an emergency for a decade,” Hernandez told Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior. “The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs. Then Mexico did it.”

    Those operations pushed drug traffickers into Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, he suggested, adding: “This is creating a serious problem for us that sparked this migration.”

    Hernandez said more resources were needed in Central America to fight drug gangs and he said his country was deserving of U.S. aid similar to the programs that funded anti-drug operations in Colombia and Mexico.

    Brilliant. Let’s “squeeze the balloon” yet again by sponsoring even more state violence in another country. That obviously won’t eliminate the reactive violence that’s an inherent feature of the black markets created by prohibition. But it might at least make some of it someone else’s problem.

    Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world.

    Drug-related killings have increased in recent years since Mexico’s drug cartels expanded into the country, enlisting local street gangs and using the country’s Caribbean coast to transport South American cocaine to the United States.

    “A good part of [migration] has to do with the lack of opportunities in Central America, which has its origin in the climate of violence, and this violence, almost 85 percent of it, is related to the issue of drug trafficking,” he said.

    The amount of blood that’s on the hands of prohibitionists is truly staggering.

  • claygooding

    And for all the violence and social destruction of our southern neighbors we still patrol the opium crops in AFG with zero busts and zero drug money seizures,,it ain’t a war on drugs,,it is market control.
    THERE WOULD BE NO INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS WITHOUT INTERNATIONAL BANKS TO MOVE THE MONEY.
    Unless you believe they are backpacking all that cash.

  • DdC

    Refusing sanctuary to children in need
    The Dallas Morning News
    http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20140629-refusing-sanctuary-to-children-in-need.ece

    Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.

    Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.

    • allan

      aye DdC… I was seeing these headlines in my wwweb cruising yesterday. I wish current condemnation of the drug war would rise sooner to the level of how it will be viewed historically. Dog what a mess…

      Hitler’s drones were a weapon of terror and mass destruction and here the US today is using drones as anti-terrorism weapons. Of course if one wanders down the path of weapons development is a constant escalation of war and considers that the German development of the drones led to the US and Russia having nuclear missile stockpiles in the tens of thousands.

      I’ve long been a believer in the old saying that “fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity” except in the case of weapons of mass destruction everyone ends up getting fucked. And the drug war is a weapon of terror and mass destruction. Swords into plowshares indeed!

      Sad, sad times…

    • DdC

      U.S. Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis http://bit.ly/1jEk1Jq @democracynow

      “There’s almost no functioning criminal justice system and no political will at the top to fix it.” #Honduras Watch: http://owl.li/zhQMS

      Report: Honduras President Blames US Drug Policy for Migrant Surge http://www.voanews.com/content/report-honduras-president-us-drug-policy-migrant-surge/1957564.html

      How the Drug War Drives Child Migrants to the US Border http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/800880-how-the-drug-war-drives-child-migrants-to-the-us-border/ … via @epochtimes

  • Francis

    So often, we are our own worst enemy.

    Very true. But I’m also of the mind that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” And so I’ll sometimes team up with myself when I see an opportunity for self-sabotage. Needless to say, it makes for a very uneasy alliance.

    • allan

      I hear ya… and then sometimes having to play referee when that uneasy alliance breaks into mental fisticuffs can be disconcerting.

  • primus

    So far, when I am just at odds with myself, I have been able to retain control, but when that ‘me’ guy gets into a three-way argument with I and myself, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top.

  • Nick

    Sorry folks, but if being “tough on crime” hasn’t worked yet, it probably won’t work this time. All you will accomplish is more dead people lying in the gutter, a gift from your friendly American prohibitionist.

  • Duncan20903

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    I think that we have ample supporting evidence…compelling supporting evidence that criminalizing cannabis doesn’t result in making our unregistered guests decide to repatriate. Over a hundred years of failure toward this objective and if you are in the S.F. Bay area you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an Hispanic person. Also, all the darn cities and counties are named in Spanish.

    This one is from the “if you can’t lick ’em with logic then baffle ’em with bullshit” category:

    I think that we should make an extended effort to convince those people who so hate our Country’s unregistered guests of color that turnabout is fair play. That means that they should sneak across the border and go live in Mexico as an unregistered guest. Don’t forget the lab coat or the tone of
    authoritative tone of gravitas and say recent studies say this, that or something else entirely.

    Dirty pool old man — I like it! ~~ Gomez Addams.

  • How the Drug War Drives Child Migrants to the US Border
    http://tinyurl.com/osh5h4b

    ” – The Economist recommends the repeal of the war on drugs and the legalization of drugs globally as the solution. Its second best solution is for the United States to finance an effort to rebuild the institutions (i.e., police, courts, prisons, etc.) and infrastructure (i.e., military, transportation, and education systems) in the countries of Central America:

    “Such schemes will not, however, solve the fundamental problem: that as long as drugs that people want to consume are prohibited, and therefore provided by criminals, driving the trade out of one bloodstained area will only push it into some other godforsaken place. But unless and until drugs are legalized, that is the best Central America can hope to do.”

    In other words, ending the war on drugs is the only solution.-“

  • Duncan20903

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    D.C. decrim of petty possession has been implemented as of 55 minutes ago at midnight EDT. I guess that Rep. Harris must have run out of Viagra. It appears now that he’s just weak and flaccid after being marginalized to irrelevance.

    I gotta say that getting to observe this process with my own two eyes almost makes all those days in jail, all of the dollars spent on synthetic urine, and forced into going to church services disguised as a 12 step social clubs worthwhile. (keyword: almost)

    Hey, don’t try to tell me that I don’t know a church service when I’m being force fed religious dogma. My parents were devout Catholics and made me attend more than 500 Masses before I put my foot down and stopped that nonsense.

    That reminds me, I’m offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can tell me how to get excommunicated. It really irks me that they won’t let me resign.

    • kaptinemo

      Duncan, I did it the old fashioned way: walked out and never gave a religious preference on any document after age 21. I didn’t need their permission to think to begin with; I didn’t need their permission to leave, either.

      And seeing as the Vatican Bank is – as usual – up to their necks in cartel money laundering, on top of a myriad of sins (google ‘Nazi rat lines Vatican’) I don’t need their permission to disassociate myself from that, either.

      • jean valjean

        vatican bankers/ money launderers. one more group with a vested interest in continuing the drug war. keep that in mind the next time pope frankie gives a bs speech about drugs

      • Duncan20903

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        Some people need more absolution than others. I have a borderline pathological need to own myself and the church still think it owns me.

        Also consider the adjective I used. I’m also irked when I tell a store clerk that I don’t want my goods in a bag and then they turn around and start bagging. I’m actually shocked that I’m finding the marketplace much less irksome since the County adopted a bag tax of $0.05.Nowadays the clerks ignore the people who say they want to pay the bag tax. Now if the County would tell the weekly throwaway that they can’t deliver a plastic bag with their special brand of bid cage liner to every home in the County with an entry door life would be a little less irksome. I’m no tree hugger but that doesn’t mean that we should squander our natural resources with totally unneeded products intended for the landfill after 1 use or less.

    • Servetus

      The Catholic Church invented the drug war. It’s part of their general policy of human oppression that includes dumbing people down and impoverishing citizens to keep them in their designated places for the benefit of those in power, which includes the Holy See.

      The “Holy See” as the Vatican likes to refer to themselves at the UN (because they claim to have an important message), stakes its survival on maintaining a hierarchical society. It’s why the religion is so fanatically anti-socialist and anti-communist. Socialism and communism seek to eliminate class distinctions. Without class distinctions, there can be no legitimate justification for a male church hierarchy intervening in lesser people’s lives and their relationships with others.

      Prosecuting people for consuming arbitrary and innocuous herbs like marijuana creates class distinctions affecting who prospers economically, who rises to political power, and who doesn’t. The prohibition game is rigged to favor Catholics who reject illicit drugs, as well as any other religious group members whose religions imitate the Holy See and which seek to profit by creating drug abstinent members of society. The situation also creates unique opportunities in drug law enforcement for loyal church members to oppress minorities and various social outliers.

      In hierarchical societies the deity is positioned at the top of the hierarchy with the priesthood immediately below it, but nevertheless taking on all the godly duties. There isn’t much use for a god in an egalitarian society. There’s not much use for the idle rich, either. The Catholic hierarchical imperative conveniently protects the rich, who in turn support Catholicism by funneling money into the Vatican’s deep pockets.

      As Napoleon Bonaparte said: “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

  • DdC

    ot A piece of jewelry adorned with gold-hammered cannabis leaves was discovered in the Sumerian city of Ur.
    @livingcannabis