POV | Divert Central American Foreign Aid to Protect Our Borders (7/10/14)
Tens of thousands of children, some as young as seven and eight, are showing up at our border with the expectation that the U.S. will be lenient with them and help them reunite with their parents. Some are being sent ahead of their parents, some are following their parents, and almost all of them are here illegally. They are coming mostly from Central America – countries like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Yes, there has been a recent spike of gang and drug-related violence in those countries, which has prompted this surge of children at our borders. But as sad as that is, their people have to understand that the United States cannot be the solution for their problems. It is critical that we get those countries to engage in keeping their people within their borders and not crashing ours.
This is a very complicated issue with no simple answers, but I have one idea that might be a step in the right direction. If we are giving foreign aid to Central American countries, I would stop it right now. Instead of asking Congress for 3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds to take care of these kids, I would use the foreign aid money.
It’s still our taxpayer money, but if the funds were temporarily cut off from Guatemala, for example, it would incentivize that government to get vested in a solution.