Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala: US Partly to Blame for Border Flood – ABC News
Article by Serena Marshall | ABC News
Before they meet with President Obama tomorrow on the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are out making their positions known today.
The two presidents come to the U.S. to address the flow of migrant children at the southern border, taking to Capitol Hill to meet with congressmen, and speaking at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez said via a translator that while drug trafficking and lack of opportunity were the first cause of immigration, “ambiguity that has been the hallmark of the debate” over U.S. immigration reform has also been a factor.
“Here we have to say the coyotes, the smugglers, who are very much a part or organized crime networks perversely have sought to exploit those ambiguities,” he said. “And peddle a mistake…a totally wrong interpretation to the parents of these children and saying “You can get your kids into the U.S., we can do it for you.”