Cross-posted from Mike Malloy
The first plane of would-be immigrant families is on it's way back to Honduras. After suffering a long, painful, hazardous, expensive journey to the "land of the free" to escape the horrors back home, they were corralled into detention centers and put on a plane for home. This is from the LA Times:
"'I want to keep going,' Jessica Sandoval, 30, said as she waited at a refugee shelter in Arriaga, Mexico, with her three daughters, ages 2, 8 and 11. They left La Ceiba, Honduras, 17 days ago and had been at the shelter for nearly a week. She said her region of Honduras had become a living hell because of gangs, drug traffickers, political violence and a lack of jobs after numerous factories shut down.
"Suyapa Hernandez, 33, a single mother who returned to San Pedro Sula on an earlier flight Monday, said the economy and crime led her to journey north. Hernandez said she had been mugged several times in Honduras for her phone or even pocket change. Hernandez, who returned on a U.S.-chartered flight packed with adults, said she had no alternative but to venture to the U.S.
"'The bad economy contributes to the delinquency,' she said. 'I'm scared to go out on the streets, even during the day.'
"San Pedro Sula is the second-largest city in a country with the highest homicide rate in the world. An assassin can be easily hired for $100 and people don't answer phone calls from unknown cell phone numbers, fearing they may be extortion demands."
Honduras suffered greatly -- as a counter-insurgency staging area -- during the Reagan-Bush I era in the attempts by the CIA to overthrow the legitimate leftist government of Nicaragua. It became a US-sponsored military base for counterintelligence efforts during the commission of those war crimes. We militarized the country then supported a military government that has no interest, then or now, in democracy. In 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama "softly" supported yet another anti-democratic coup.
So what do we do when the country devolves into the expected chaos and families flee to save their children from life-threatening situations? We give them balloons, then pack them onto planes and ship them back to the killing fields.
Balloons. What a nice distraction for the little children, something to take their minds off the fact that they spent weeks making the difficult, dangerous journey to the welcoming arms of America, only to be herded onto a plane and returned to the nightmare they just fled. At least this particular group of little children -- some are infants -- didn't face angry protesters at the airport.
A fresh crop of haters stormed a temporary immigrant detention center in Oracle, Arizona today, demanding these frightened women and children be sent back to the meat grinder. These protesters didn't have balloons, just lots of angry signs and violent rhetoric, and they faced off a group of peaceful protestors who expressed compassion for these families. ABC News reports:
"Dozens of protesters on both sides of the immigration debate showed up in a small town near Tucson on Tuesday after the sheriff said the federal government plans to transport about 40 immigrant children to an academy for troubled youths.
"The rallies demonstrated the deep divide of the immigration debate. One group waved American flags, held signs that read 'Return to Sender' and 'Go home non-Yankees' and said they would block a bus that was supposed to arrive with immigrant children aboard. A few miles up the road, about 50 pro-immigrant supporters held welcome signs with drawings of hearts. The dueling groups each had about 50 people.
"'We are not going to tolerate illegals forced upon us,' protester Loren Woods said."
No worries, Ms. Woods. The President is with you. He finally found a cause worth fighting for. Not universal health care, not fair labor practices, not ending tax cuts for the wealthy ... but he WILL stand up to victimized women and children and force them back to the Murder capitol of the world.
Now -- there's some change we can believe in.