Letter: They are refugees
Funny that we don’t call Iraqi people gone to Turkey or Syrian people gone to neighboring countries “migrants.”
We call these desperate people refugees.
Refugees coming through Mexico from Central America are from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador – countries we destabilized.
Destabilizing happened with President Ronald Reagan’s Central America warring. It came further with NAFTA, signed by President Bill Clinton, because the wealthy’s power increased while the poor and the farmers lost out. More recently, the U.S. supported the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. We have refugees coming to the U.S. border with Mexico.
The refugees we speak of now are not coming from Nicaragua because President Daniel Ortega has succeeded in being a president for the people and instituting reforms.
President Obama is as bad as a climate-change denier when he labels these people “migrants.”
I’ve written this, too, to Gov. Rick Perry and his compassionate wife, Anita. I ask them to see the human face of this tragedy and to help Obama see it, too. If Turkey can take in fleeing refugees, surely the wealthiest nation in the world can manage to do the same.
LYNN RUDMIN CHONG