My latest article, Case study in “smart diplomacy”: Bolivia, is up at Da Tech Guy Blog.
Now the Obama administration wants to get the Hondurans here directly, without going through Mexico:
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds.
By making the trip easier,
the plan aims to slow the rush of minors crossing into the United States illegally
Not being a member of the Obama administration, I fail to follow the logic.
Or, as Ace put it,
Obama wants to avoid the spectacle of just giving hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied minors amnesty at the US border.
Sounds like a plan.
But wait! There’s more!
The proposal, prepared by several federal agencies, says the pilot program under consideration would cost up to $47 million over two years, assuming 5,000 applied and about 1,750 people were accepted. If successful, it would be adopted in Guatemala and El Salvador as well.
But wait! There’s more!
How many people are accepted is critical, because refugees qualify for public assistance upon arrival in the United States.
Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before.
Speaking of fear of religious/political persecution, over in the Middle East . . .
Many of you approaching retirement age may have read multiple public relations articles touting Ecuador as A Top Retire-Overseas Choice. Among the reasons listed,
– Ecuador uses the U.S. dollar meaning no exchange-rate risk for American retirees.
If that’s a reason for your relocation, don’t get packing yet: Rafael Correa has other plans,
Ecuador Weighs Escape From Dollar ‘Straitjacket’
Congress has until the end of today to vote on President Rafael Correa’s proposal to change the South American nation’s financial laws, which would allow payments in “electronic money.” Lawmakers are debating whether to insist the central bank back the new currency with a one-to-one dollar guarantee.
As a current-account deficit drains dollars from the economy, making it harder for Correa to fund a burgeoning budget gap, a new currency could be used to meet government payments, said Jaime Carrera, a former deputy finance minister and director of the Quito-based Fiscal Policy Observatory. It could also lose its value quickly if not backed by the central bank, he said.
You may recall, seven years ago
Rafael Correa said Ecuador’s economy will remain dollarized during his four-year mandate
Of course that was before he changed the constitution to allow for his “indefinite re-election.”
Much water under the bridge and many debts later,
Correa, who calls the South American country’s use of the greenback an economic “straitjacket,” has already started paying some pension obligations in government bonds, which brokers are refusing to redeem at face value.
Additionally, Correa wants to issue electronic money without explicit public guarantees.
I can’t wait for him to turn to bitcoin.
Too bad Putin didn’t include Correa in the upcoming BRICS bank.
Linked to by Babalu. Thank you!
Daniel Duquenal expands on this,
The first thing, oddly, is the timing. Since Lopez arrest 5 months ago and the alleged clear evidence one wonders why did it take so long for the regime to start the trial. Waiting for the end of guarimbas? A trial can restart them at any time. Waiting for folks to go on vacation? There are no flights out! Expecting for scarcity problems to soften? They are not and will not for the foreseeable future. The answer is elsewhere,with the PSUV congress about to open. Some red meat thrown to the radical wing. Period, IMHO.
Another thing to wonder comes by asking the reverse question: why bother trying Lopez anyway? International pressure plays a role here, but not necessarily the way you may think. Sure enough there has been plenty of publications, the Washington Post for one pushing up the subject of Lopez dismal jail conditions. But the real deal brokers may be the people trying to organize Venezuela’s financial rescue.
Without a doubt, this is a show trial: Daniel concludes his post,
In case you still do not get it, the trial starts with 138 “witnesses” for the prosecution and only 1, ONE, for the defense
Thanks to Kepler, we can somehow confirm that our Chinese overlords are indeed taking the building. In this article from the website Archidead, looks like the Bank of China will turn “La Torre de David” as its South American HQ.
It’s going to be interesting to see what exactly the Chinese get from this, considering the ruinous state of Venezuela’s oil industry.
Maybe Homeland will do a follow-up episode on the “new”, Chinese, tower.
El Nuevo Herald has a report that has not made its way yet into the Miami Herald, Coyotes, detrás de millonario tráfico de migrantes (Coyotes, behind the multi-million immigrant trade).
Among the findings:
- It’s a high-risk business, generating an estimated US$6.6 billion per year.
- Each illegal alien pays $5,000-$10,000.
- The human traffic networks bribe authorities, gangs controlling railways, and drug cartels’ tax.
- The profit is estimated at US$3,500-$4,000 per illegal alien per successful trip.
- The field guides may not necessarily know who they work for.
- Mexican teens may work as field guides since they are returned to Mexico and not charged as adults. They are paid $100 per illegal alien.
- U.S. citizens are paid $150-$200 per illegal alien when delivering them to safe houses.
The reporters interviewed some of the coyotes, from one that claims to charge $2,500 from the Guatemala-US trip, to another who charges US$10,000 from Central America to the US. The $10,000 includes hotels, bribes, and a cut for the cartels, but there may be an additional $5,000 fee for hazard pay if the Zetas must be avoided/paid off.
I continue to ask, who’s paying for the current invasion? Or are we supposed to believe that tens of thousands of Central America’s indigents suddenly could come up with the money to pay the coyotes? And that the coyotes are not getting paid?
The AP article, in English, MIGRATION SPOTLIGHTS MEXICAN ‘COYOTE’ SMUGGLERS
Gov. Rick Perry deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to border
Remember the Chong Chon Gang, the North Korean rust bucket caught by the Panamenians carrying attack planes and armaments?
Now there’s the Mu Du Bong!
(No, I did not make up that name.)
A North Korean freighter has run aground in the Gulf of Mexico just days after a stop in Havana that sparked comparisons with another Pyongyang vessel captured last summer with an illegal shipment of Cuban weapons.
The 130-metre Mu Du Bong grounded on a reef about 11km from the Mexican port of Tuxpan, according to shipping officials. The task of pulling it off the reef would be complicated and take several days, they said.
And, of course, the Mu Du Bong and the Chong Chon Gang share another feature (aside from the same commercial agent, Ocean Maritime Management Company, and the same penurious lack of maintenance),
Both freighters sailed in Cuba waters but their exact locations were a mystery for several days because there were no reports from their automatic location beacons, required by safety regulations. The Chong Chon Gang turned off its beacon to hide its locations, UN investigators found later.
Nothing to see here . . .
Just as the headlines feature a Video Posted by Ukrainian Government Shows Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Carrier Hightailing It Back to Russia… Missing One Missile, Russia will reopen spy base in Cuba
A report that Russia will reopen a Havana base that eavesdropped on U.S. communications from Key West to Washington has triggered fresh warnings of Moscow’s expansionism and predictions of a continued freeze in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Until its closure in 2002, the Lourdes base was Moscow’s largest intelligence facility abroad, with up to 1,500 KGB and GRU military intelligence officers manning an array of antennas and computers in the super-secret 28-square-mile base.
The article says, “If true, reports that Russia will reopen a spy base in Cuba will complicate, if not halt, any Obama administration effort to warm up relations with Havana,” which is risible, considering current U.S. foreign policy.
Bolivia becomes first nation to legalise child labour from age 10
Bolivia says law reflects reality in country where 1 million children regularly work, but activists complain it will increase poverty and contravenes United Nations conventions
Colombian drug boss ‘The Mouse’ arrested by Spanish police
Hernan Alonso Villa is considered to be leader of the Oficina de Envigado cartel which is accused of 400 killings and is connected to the now-dismantled Medellin cartel
ALBA’s Favorite Lobbyist
Opening of Mexican Energy Sector Takes Step Forward
Mexico’s Senate voted to give Mexican companies a greater role in energy projects under the landmark opening of the country’s oil and gas sectors, tightening the national content rules that President Enrique Peña Nieto had proposed and partly satisfying demands of local industry groups.
On Southern Border, Mexico Faces Crisis of Its Own
Mexico has announced plans for tightened deportation and border control policies as its migrant numbers surge in response to worsening gang violence in Central America.
The week’s posts:
Andrew McCarthy on the border invasion
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
This week in smart diplomacy
Last month I was asking
- who’s behind the illegal invasion?
- who’s organizing the massive transfer of tens of thousands of people across the U.S.-Mexico border?
- who’s paying for it?
On my June 14th post:
Are we supposed to believe that tens of thousands of Central America’s indigents suddenly could come up with the money to pay the coyotes? Or that the coyotes are not getting paid?
Yesterday Steven Hayward added to the questions,
• The level of violence and misery in central American nations has been severe for many years. Why are current conditions thought to be a catalyst for a surge in refugees now? Something has changed. What?
• The passage of a child trafficking law in 2008—The Wilberforce Act—is insufficient to explain what has taken place. Someone has put the word out widely in the region. Who? By what means? Purely word of mouth, or has someone organized a publicity effort to spread the word? Persuading mothers to surrender their children to be transported a thousand miles away is not an automatic sell, even with the vague promise that Obama will take care of them. What are families specifically being told? Where is the CIA in all this? Do we have agents on the ground in central America figuring out who is publicizing and organizing this massive movement?
• It is not a simple matter for children to travel a thousand miles to get to the U.S. How are the logistics being organized for transporting thousands of children thousands of miles? Who is hiring the buses? Someone is paying for this. Who?—Drug cartels? How much is this costing?
• The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Obama administration was warned a year ago that a flood of refugee children might be on its way. The story points to a bland and tautological Dept. of Homeland Security report that attributes the rising number of UACs to its inability to process the numbers now appearing, thereby creating a backlog. It offers no insight—in fact doesn’t even raise the question—as to why the numbers are surging. It must have been written by the same people who run VA hospitals.
• It is a curious thing that the Obama administration apparently put out for bid a contract to process 65,000 children some months before they started showing up in large numbers. Why was this done? What was the information that led the administration to take this step? It’s almost as though someone knew what was coming.
The White House blames the cartels,
That’s the same White House, by the way, which hid a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border, according to the Border Patrol’s data (emphasis added):
the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called “family units” has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol’s data, which came out amid a storm of news about the shoot-down of a Malaysian aircraft in Ukraine, delays in failed U.S. nuke talks with Iran, and on Hamas’ continued war against Israel.
In the Rio Grande area where most of the migrants are crossing the border, the number of so-called “unaccompanied children” was actually outnumbered by the inflow by adults, parents and children in “family units,” according to the data.
Many questions, but particularly, cui bono?
Related: Illiberal Immigration ‘Reform’.
The asylum racket