Spotlight on Central American Immigration: Honduras

It seems a vociferous association of Americans clamor for immediate deportation of unaccompanied Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S.A. What would be the inevitable outcome of immediate, unconditional deportation of these children?

Let’s consider the analogy of a sinking boat. When the device or devices with which you expel water from a sinking boat perform at a lesser rate than the rate of water flowing into the boat through a breach in the hull, your boat will inevitably sink. To the bottom. I know from experience this is true.

If, however, you elect to plug the breach in the hull, voila! Your boat does not sink. To the bottom.

Sometimes breaches are too great to patch, so ship captains have been known to head for shallow water to save passengers, crew and cargo. Our ‘ship of state’ has nowhere to go. We are the port of last resort.

One “patch” to our “hull” has been attempted by means of a border fence. How well has that “patch” worked thus far? I think the following photograph answers the question.

Immigrant climbing border fence near San Diego, California
Immigrant climbing border fence near San Diego, California

Former AG Janet Napolitano said of the effectiveness of a border fence, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.” That’s the way the border works.

Let’s look at the other end of this “human pipeline” to discover a cause of this flood of unaccompanied Central American children to our “port of last resort”.

Headline in LaPrensa.hn (Honduran news service):

Mother of young children murdered in La Pradera: “I fled in order that they would not kill my other two children”

"[Single mom] Wendy Castellanos is the mother of two children who died at the hands of criminals; receiving no government support she was forced to make the difficult decision to migrate from Honduras and leave behind her life and family to safeguard the lives of his two eldest children."
“[Single mom] Wendy Castellanos is the mother of two children who died at the hands of criminals; receiving no government support she was forced to make the difficult decision to migrate from Honduras and leave behind her life and family to safeguard the lives of her two eldest children.”

Keneth, 7, and Anthony, 13, were the two children of the young mother, who has still not overcome the cruel nightmare that began when Anthony passed away on Sunday, April 27.

In moments of despair, Wendy publicly requested asylum in another country, but not having received it, she packed her bags and is currently undergoing the ordeal of undocumented immigrants en route to the United States.

The La Presnsa news team found Wendy with her two eldest sons in one of the shelters for migrants in the town of Arriaga, Mexico.

Wendy Castellanos and her children, sitting on the curb of the support center, showed on her face tiredness and the pain of her wounded feet from the long walks.” – La Prensa news article

Wendy’s story is by no means unique. In fact, hers is a very common tale. Not all the children flooding over the border are unaccompanied by parents.

Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras, attributes lack of opportunities as one part of the migration problem
Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras, attributes lack of opportunities as one part of the migration problem

We in the luxurious United States of America have only scant understanding of life in brutal third-world countries like Honduras. Our “poor” don’t flee to other countries because we give them free or rent-subsidized housing, food stamps, unemployment benefits, free to reduced cost medical care and free cell phones. How does this compare to life in Honduras? Our “poor” live better than most Honduran business owners. Cowboy philosopher and political commentator Will Rogers appropriately said, “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poor house in an automobile.

Back to the vociferous complainers, I see you standing atop overpasses. Your angry sentiments flow easily through social media. Populist politicians, ignorant of pertinent issues, flame the flames of discontent. But, out of all the xenophobic yelling and flag waving, nothing happens. Why? Complainers don’t want to know why a problem exists; they simply demand it go away. Real life doesn’t work that way. Never has.

Zig complainers from pinterestZiglar wisdom seems appropriate.

Some people find fault like there’s a reward for it.”
“You cannot solve a problem until you acknowledge that you have one and accept responsibility for solving it.”

You know there’s a problem, so I ask, “What’s the cure, brother?”

 

I say it’s time to learn cause and effect. You can’t affect change unless you know the cause of the problem.

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4 thoughts on “Spotlight on Central American Immigration: Honduras

  1. John, We have to agree to disagree!….We cannot have open borders & we cannot take everyone who wants to come here!…Those days are over…not enough room or resources! We must go forward & send these guys back & maybe help their country in their misery with restrictions….still not a blank check!

    1. Ken,

      Where in my blog do you find advocacy for “open borders”?

      If you read it, you’ll get an understanding on WHY we have this crisis on the border.

      I make the point there are two forces at play:

      1-living conditions in Central American countries is the impelling force.

      and,

      2-Barack Obama created the drawing force two years ago with his “amnesty” declaration, specifically June 15, 2012.

      Read it again, Ken. The purpose of my blogs is to educate, not advocate.

    1. There is a simple and succinct reason for American prosperity. It’s not our human excellence. Nor, is it our keen intellects – I can attest to the fact there are people in other countries that I have visited with a lot of people far more intelligent than just about anyone I know in our country.

      The reason for our prosperity has been due to the blessings of God. Nothing more. Nothing less.

      Having said the above. The speaker is correct, when he says, “Let’s help them there (in their own countries).” I fully agree and this has been part of my life’s work: empowering people with knowledge and the power of the Living God.

      A lot of the lack of progress in Central America can be attributed to our own version of ‘crony capitalism’ whereby American corporations have used monetary and political influence to safeguard American businesses. For as long as I can remember, our government has propped up Central American tyrants by means of “military aid”. That “military aid” becomes the means by which those tyrants remain in power. It was this kind of corruption that kept Batista in power in Cuba. Therefore, we must leave foreign nations to freely govern themselves. Historically, our foreign aid has truly worked against the interests of the American people in far too many cases.

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