…us democracy, democrats, latin refugees, and silence…Posted: 2015-10-28
…of us ‘latin leadership’, amid choreographed photo-ops, sound bites…
As desperate refugees flee their homes and possessions in such countries for their survival in Europe, the consequences of historical US ‘involvement’ in Latin America, in this case El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have not been unforeseen. These countries are not as far away as say, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or Iraq.
And to be considered, one consequence of such interventions has never been economic or social improvement in those countries where repression continues as endemic and prevalent, even under the guise of ‘democracy’ – Honduras would be catapulted backward and violently so, after the US-sanctioned overthrow of Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya in 2009.
Yes, it is only natural that the despairing and desperate, and sadly those unaccompanied children, should seek survival north to the very country responsible for their dire plight. Just as the US corporate media would choose to overlook the cause of the refugee crisis in Europe, so too it would choose to ignore a humanitarian crisis from south of its border – not so alternative media.
We do start with the establishment Reuters, which like AP, does occasionally surprise,
From Reuters, Tracking Obama’s deportation numbers
Critics may declare President Obama soft on immigration, but as this Reuters graphic shows, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data the Department of Homeland Security deported 414,481 people in fiscal year 2014, down from 438,421 the year before. Each year of the Obama administration has seen more deportations than any preceding president; the pre-Obama high of 358,886 removals in FY2008 came during President George W. Bush’s last full fiscal year in office.
From the common dreams blog, Reporting Exposes Deadly End for Asylum Seekers Deported by US
The U.S. government’s harsh immigration policies can have deadly consequences for refugees and asylum seekers who are forcibly deported back to violent conditions in their countries of origin, a chilling investigation published Monday by the Guardian reveals.
For their exposé, journalists Sibylla Brodzinsky and Ed Pilkington confirmed three cases in which men were murdered soon after being deported by the U.S. government to their hometowns in Honduras.
From The Guardian, which seems to doing what the US government or its media should have been, US government deporting Central American migrants to their deaths
Immigration experts believe that the Guardian’s findings represent just the tip of the iceberg. A forthcoming academic study based on local newspaper reports has identified as many as 83 US deportees who have been murdered on their return to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras since January 2014.
Human rights groups warn that deterrent measures taken by the Obama administration after last year’s “surge” in arrivals at the border of unaccompanied children from Central America have triggered a series of powerful unintended consequences across the region.
The collateral damage of America’s increasingly unforgiving deportation process is that people are being returned to extremely dangerous situations in Central America, which has some of the highest murder rates in the world.
And The Guardian would again report, The migrants who fled violence for the US only to be sent back to their deaths
When Antonio Díaz’s 26-year-old son Oscar was kidnapped, beaten and left for dead by gang members, the Honduran father decided to send Oscar and his three brothers to the United States, fearing that any one of them could be the next victim of the country’s swelling wave of violence.
A year and a half after Antonio paid the $6,000 coyote fee for each of his sons to make the perilous overland journey to the United States as undocumented migrants, one of the young men – Ángel – was deported back to Honduras.
A month later he was dead, gunned down on one of his father’s buses by suspected gang members.
And TeleSUR shows how ‘keeping a lid on it’ works as far as the fate of the refugees is concerned, Obama Jails Refugee Children, but Exposing It Is ‘Shameful’?
For deportees such as Ángel who fled their country out of fear for their lives, returning home can mean death. It’s enough to make one sick, just reading about. It was enough to make Lilian Oliva Bardales want to die: After writing a suicide note, she slit her wrist. “I do this because I don’t feel any life going back to my country,” she had written. “I do this because you were bad to me and my son. We did not deserve this.” Oliva was found bleeding in a detention center bathroom. She survived. Along with her son, she was promptly deported six days later. That pushed her lawyer, Bryan Johnson, over the edge. “I wanted to help her,” he told the McClatchy news service. “But I wasn’t able to.”
…of course, with the theatre of the us presidential elections, the ‘latin leadership’ will be gratified with grandiose promises…