As long as North American governments, companies and investors do 'business as usual' with the unjust, undemocratic, repressive and exploitative regimes of Honduras and Guatemala, there will be no end to the permanent crisis situation of poverty, violence and despair that desperate people will logically continue to flee from.
Gilberto Ramos wanted to leave his chilly mountain village for the United States to earn money to treat his mother's epilepsy. His mother begged him not to go. "The better treatment would have been if he stayed," Cipriana Juarez Diaz said in a tearful interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. When he wouldn't relent, she draped him with a white rosary for safe passage. A month later, his decaying body was found in the Texas desert.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PENSION FUND IS EARNING MONEY? Another civil lawsuit in Canada, against another mining company that the CPP (Canada Pension Plan) - and many other pension funds and private funds - invests in, for more repression in Guatemala
For the past few weeks, the immigration debate in the United States has almost completely shifted to talk of child migrants making the dangerous journey from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border, ever since President Obama released a presidential memo on June 2 asking Congress for an additional $1.4 billion in federal funds to address the issue. He even tasked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with the problem.
As Canada is about to pass an Investors and Corporate Rights agreement with the military-backed regime in Honduras, more than 100 Members of the U.S. Congress urge immediate action on the dire human rights situation in Honduras.