Letter: Addressing the migrant crisis

Published: 6/14/2019 12:01:28 AM
Modified: 6/14/2019 12:01:18 AM

I have contacted our New Hampshire congressional delegation encouraging them to get legislation worked out and passed promptly to make a real difference in slowing the flow of migrants from Central America. The Trump administration recently canceled aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, revealing they have no meaningful intention to improve the situation. People are fleeing hunger and violence.

The U.S. and our business interests have had a hand, over the past century, in causing these crises. I haven’t been in Central America since 1974, but at that time I worked for CARE near the Panama/Colombia border and hitchhiked up to the Mexican border. I have many memories of the hospitality of the people and the problems caused or aggravated by the United States. It is in our interests and it’s the right thing to do to help alleviate the hunger and violence.

Since we as a nation just agreed to help build “a more prosperous and secure Central America to address the underlying causes of migration” in the talk forced by Trump’s tariff threat, I hope legislation to do that, including reinstating aid canceled recently, will be in the works promptly.



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