There was a cleaning out of the military and other structures of government that never happened in … Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Every official U.S. government document on national security strategy. I realized a couple of years ago that these documents are for chumps. Dirty little Pentagon secret: No one who runs the country reads them. Mid-level bureaucrats write these for each other to cite.
I’ve written five pieces over the past 2 weeks. Three of them were first-drafted on flights back from Bogotá a week ago Thursday.
- July 10, Are “failed U.S. policies” to blame for the rise in unaccompanied Central American migrant children? at WOLA’s Border Fact Check.
- July 21, Will More Funds for Border Security Address the Crisis of Central American Children at the Border? at wola.org.
- July 22, Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia? at wola.org.
- July 24, Are drugs the main “root cause” of the violence that has increased Central American migration? at WOLA’s Border Fact Check.
- July 25, Immigration Crisis Is Product Of Perfect Storm Of Conditions In Central America at Fox News Latino.
I don’t know why all but one have titles ending in a question mark. Got to work on that.
If the FARC and Colombian government reach an accord, the international community will have a large role to play. In perhaps a year, donor countries, UN agencies, and multilateral bodies will be compelled to shift gears, increasing and reorienting their aid packages. Are they ready to do that? Is the Colombian government helping them to prepare? What will the most urgent needs be?
There are already enough Border Patrol resources at the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress does not need to add more: Customs and Border Protection needs to distribute them to respond to the current situation. We absolutely do not need to take the drastic step of a new National Guard deployment.