We Must Hold Central American Governments Responsible for Flood of Illegal Immigration

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

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Over the past few weeks, we have called upon Congress to hold those countries in Central America responsible for repatriating their citizens who are flooding our southern border.  Now, Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX) has taken up the mantle. Congressman Weber has introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which would suspend aid to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador until Congress determines that sufficient action is taken to keep their citizens from flooding out country. Here’s what I wrote the other day at Breitbart about our potential to use foreign aid as an incentive for these countries to obey and respect our sovereignty:

According to the Congressional Research Service, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras receive $65.2 million, $22.3 million, and $41.9 million in foreign aid respectively. Some more funds are funneled to these countries through sundry programs run by the State Department, such as the Western Hemisphere Regional program. Moreover, it’s time for Congress to start holding Mexico accountable for their unwillingness to stop the flow from their side of the border. It’s hard to imagine how hundreds of thousands of children from Central America can march straight through their country and across our southern border without some degree of cooperation from the Mexican government. Perhaps some sort of deterrent can be attached to their foreign aid, which topped $200 million last year.

This flow of illegal immigration is not the result of a natural disaster.  They were not blown over the border by a wind storm.  There is clearly a concerted plan to export their poverty to our shores.  Thousands of young children cannot leave a country without the governments taking notice.  It’s time we force them to confront their own problems instead of shirking their responsibilities and saddling the American taxpayer with the cost.