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What AOC and her Critics are Missing About the Border Crisis

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U.S. House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines this week after her visit to migrant detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border. AOC pointed out the bad conditions at the facilities, and recently sparked an outcry when she referred to them as “concentration camps.”

Whether you want stricter immigration laws or open borders, there is no denying that the situation on our southern border is a humanitarian crisis. Nobody is wishing death or suffering on these migrants, but what both AOC and her critics are missing in this latest show of political theater is the root cause of the migration problem: U.S. intervention in Latin America.

Most Americans are aware of the role the U.S. government has played in Latin America to uphold its business interests and stop the spread of communism during the cold war. But U.S. politicians seem to be blissfully unaware of the impact that recent U.S. intervention has had on the region and how it directly impacted migrants in these detention facilities.

One of the more recent successful U.S. backed coups in Latin America was in Honduras, under the watch of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. With guns drawn on June 28th 2009, Honduran special forces escorted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya from his house and onto a plane to Costa Rica.

A cable sent to Washington dated July 24th 2009 from the U.S. embassy in Honduras read, “The Embassy perspective is that there is no doubt that the military, Supreme Court and National Congress conspired on June 28 in what constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup against the Executive Branch.” However, Clinton’s State Department refused to suspend U.S. aid to Honduras, which is required when a democratically-elected government is overthrown.

During a 2016 interview with Democracy Now’s Juan Gonzalez, Clinton agreed with his framing of the situation in Honduras since 2009 when he said, “There’s been a few hundred-people killed by government forces. There’s been all these children fleeing, and mothers, from Honduras over the border into the United States.”

But when Gonzalez asked about the role Clinton played in the coup, she denied the assessment of those in the embassy in 2009, “The Legislature—or the national Legislature in Honduras and the national judiciary actually followed the law in removing President Zelaya.” She went on, “If the United States government declares a coup, you immediately have to shut off all aid, including humanitarian aid.”

Although some of the aid to Honduras may be humanitarian, a lot goes to the military and government. According to the USAID website, the top implementing aid partner for Honduras in 2009 was the “U.S. Government – Department of Defense,” meaning the Pentagon was more involved in Honduras than any other U.S. agency the year of the coup.

On Sunday, a 30-year old Honduran man, Alexis Balderramos-Torres, died in ICE custody at a detention facility in Houston. His cause of death is unknown at this time, but blowback from Hillary Clinton’s coup and “humanitarian aid” could have driven him to make his fateful journey.

Venezuela has become a target for regime change within the Trump administration since he first came into office. President Trump made comments like, “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” early on in his presidency.

Unlike the CIA covert style regime change most common in Latin America, the Trump administration’s attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been right out in the open. On January 23rd 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself president of Venezuela after a phone call from Vice President Mike Pence.

Both Trump and Pence quickly voiced their support for Guaido. National Security Advisor John Bolton even said on Fox Business News that, “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

Maduro’s opposition argues the 2017 elections were illegitimate, a narrative the U.S. state department and mainstream media both accept. Whether or not Maduro was elected legitimately is a debate for the Venezuelan people to have, nobody else. The economy under Maduro has taken a serious crash, rising inflation, lower oil prices, price control and U.S. sanctions all play their part in the dire economic situation.

Since 2017, Trump has increased crippling economic sanctions, making it impossible for the failing Venezuelan economy to recover. The Center for Economic and Policy Research had determined U.S. sanctions were responsible for the deaths of 40,000 Venezuelans in a report they released in April. There is a refugee crisis coming out of Venezuela and Trump’s policy of economic strangulation has done nothing but add fuel to the fire.

When AOC was asked about the situation in Venezuela, the congresswomen said, “I defer to caucus leadership on how we navigate this.” Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, has expressed her support for Guaido and encouraged the ouster of Maduro. Unfortunately, while AOC is busy using terms like “concentration camps” and taking dramatic photos in front of chain-link fences, she has not found the time to fight the policies that are actually responsible for the crisis.

If the Trump administration continues its support for Guaido and continues its economic warfare on the people of Venezuela, more and more refugees will be fleeing the country. If a civil war is sparked between Juan Guaido’s opposition and the Pro-Maduro military, it could lead to a long brutal war and the United States will see a refugee crisis similar to the one in Europe after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. This is the reality both Trump and AOC need to come to terms with.

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  1. Duane Angell

    July 5, 2019 at 6:42 am

    If we spent a fraction of the time and money that Trump wants to erect his wall on efforts to reduce crime and corruption in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, there wouldn’t be any caravans headed towards our border. Our hands are not clean. Our motives have not been pure. Our methods have not been entirely legal (Iran/Contra comes to mind). Our humanity towards these people has been a disgrace. Part of the solution may be to educate the people of the US, as this article tries to do.

  2. Marcus Davidson

    July 5, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you Dave. So true! Similarly, no one wants to talk about the right wing death squads in El Salvador led by the CIA’s Roberto D’aubisson who murdered thousands of Salvadoran citizens as well as Archbishop Romero and catholic nuns. For our discussion it left a country in complete economic ruin w no infrastructure where a vacuum was filled by armed gangs that took over the country. The same is true for Nicaragua and the arming of the Contras in Nicaragua. US policy is catastrophic in the region, Chile, Brazil. Venezuela and all of Central America

  3. anti_republocrat

    July 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    These folks, including AOC, are not stupid. They aren’t “missing” the underlying cause of the migrant crisis at ou southern border. They are “ignoring” it. Big difference. About the only politician not ignoring it is Tulsi Gabbard. She needs your $1 donation to remain in the debates. You can take action at TULSI2020.COM.

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Twitter’s Comms Director — Kamala Harris’ Former Press Secretary — Says Platform Has Ordered Trump Campaign to Delete Tweet

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The communications director for Twitter, who happens to be Kamala Harris’ former press secretary, tweeted on Wednesday that the platform has required President Donald Trump’s campaign delete a tweet containing an interview with the president from their official account.

Communications Director Nick Pacilio wrote that “the original Tweet from @TeamTrump is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation, and we’ve required removal.”

The removal order comes after President Donald Trump quote tweeted their post, which was a video that they say contained “coronavirus misinformation.” During the interview, President Trump stated that kids are “almost immune” to Covid-19.

“The Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the tweet before they can tweet again,” Twitter said in a statement to USA TODAY.

Facebook has also removed the video, citing a similar reason.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook said in a statement.

The interview in question was with Fox & Friends and aired Wednesday morning.

When asked during the White House briefing later that day about his assertion, Trump said: “If you look at children, they are able to throw it off very easily and it’s an amazing thing, because some flus they don’t, they get very sick. … They seem to be able to handle it very well, and that’s according to every statistic.”

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VIDEOS: Black Lives Matter Mob Attacks White Woman’s Car in DC, Are Now Attempting to Dox Her

The ridiculous and petulant mob was crying to the police to arrest her after climbing on the hood of her car while others surrounded and banged on it.

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A mob of entitled Black Lives Matter brats attacked the car of a white woman trying to drive through DC’s Georgetown neighborhood on Saturday and are now trying to dox her.

The ridiculous and petulant mob was crying to the police to arrest her after climbing on the hood of her car while others surrounded and banged on it.

One of the members of the mob, Julia Clark, tweeted multiple videos of her group terrorizing the woman along with a rant about how they were some how in the right in this situation.

“Tonight @concernedofdc led a siren/noise pollution protest where we blocked off streets in Georgetown. The police presence was heavy. As we blocked off streets we demanded that people turn around. This was a minor inconvenience for this affluent white neighborhood,” Clark wrote. “As we blocked streets, certain drivers got annoyed and attempted to maneuver their way around us. This particular white woman tried to cut through a gas station. Me and a couple other protestors stood in front of her car and demanded she turn around. Instead she steps on the gas.”

Clark continued on to write that “finally cops come but instead of arresting this woman, or asking for her ID, registration, etc., they turn towards us and begin pushing us. We are BEGGING them to arrest this woman who just tried to run over protestors repeatedly.”

The absurd activist complained that police let the woman go home instead of arresting her, like they wanted.

“I am exhausted. My hands are shaking. I am angry. As the nation returns to complacency, we are still out here. We are still being killed. We are still being brutalized. For every second our nation forget about us we get angrier. WE DESERVE MORE. WE NEED MORE.”

Clark went on to call for the woman to be doxed, tweeting that “police didn’t do shit. They have never done shit. Will never do shit. And will never BE shit. Fuck the police. This is a hate crime. Find this woman.”

Despite calling for targeted harassment and doxing, Clark has not been suspended from Twitter.

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VIDEO: All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter Protesters Engage in Armed Standoff in Oregon

Dueling “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” protests in Eugene ended with eight arrests and massive property damage.

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A confrontation in Oregon culminated in guns being pulled by Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter protesters.

On Sunday, there were dueling “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” protests in Eugene, which ended with eight arrests and massive property damage.

The Black Lives Matter activists were out in solidarity with Portland rioters, who have been tearing apart their city for nearly 60 days straight. They were met by a patriotic counter protest.

The Register Guard reports that “things boiled over when a counter-protester tried to cross through the protester’s line, protesters pushed back and a physical fight ensued between the two groups.”

“Even before this, one counter protester had pulled out what appeared to be a Taser and used it on people in the crowd a little before 9 p.m.,” the report continued. “At one point a shot was fired into the air, and a University of Oregon Daily Emerald journalist also captured a short video showing a man in a truck and a protester clad in black pointing guns at each other.”

The shocking altercation was captured on video by Daily Emerald reporter C. Francis O’Leary.

The stand off ended without violence, but Black Lives Matter activists went on to destroy a large area nearby, vandalizing multiple businesses.

 

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