Washington Support for Post-Coup Government in Honduras Linked to Flood of Child Refugees at U.S. Border

Posted July 23, 2014

MP3 Interview with Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, conducted by Scott Harris

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While the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border has not abated, the number of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America to turn themselves into American border patrol agents has seen a steep decline in South Texas from a high of some 2,000 minors crossing the border a week last month to fewer than 500 children this week. But the highly charged politics of the recent flood of Central American refugees continues to take center stage in Congress and the U.S. media.

President Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to meet the crisis that would pay for an increase in the number of immigration judges, border patrol agents and new detention facilities, has run into stiff resistance in the Republican-controlled House. Meanwhile, GOP Texas governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry, ordered up to 1,000 National Guard troops to his southern border, in what many observers see as a useless political stunt.

The White House, in an effort to more directly deal with the source of the refugee crisis, has invited the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to meet with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on July 25 to discuss the surge of unaccompanied children fleeing these nations for the U.S. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Dana Frank, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who assesses the recent arrival of tens of thousands of children from Central America on the U.S. border, placing the current crisis in the context of the extreme violence in Honduras, and the role the U.S. has played in supporting that nation's corrupt post-coup government.

Read Dana Frank's July 9, Huffington Post article, "Who is Responsible for the Flight of Honduran Children?".

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