U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. released a statement after he and his colleagues met with the ambassadors
of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss conditions in their
countries and resulting immigration to the United States:
This is the statement, unedited here: (video below is of a rally on immigration in New Haven)
today’s meeting with ambassadors of the key Central American countries
that are plagued by vicious violence driving children to our borders,
we urged that more effective action be taken to stop gang warfare and
persecution by drug cartels and organized criminals.
The root cause of the flood of child migrants to this country is lack
of effective law enforcement, as well
as horrific inhumane conditions, in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
that can be addressed in part with assistance from the United States.
We urged strong specific steps to stem and stop the rape, murder, forced
prostitution and other atrocities, which
these children are fleeing in their urgent search for safety here.
These countries have an obligation to do better – as we urged them –
with help from our country.
will continue to fight for such resources to aid these countries with
more effective law enforcement, as well as to provide our country with
better border security,
more humane facilities and care for recently-arrived migrants, and
justice and fairness to make asylum determinations child by child.”
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