Rep. Pearce: Most fled Central America for economic reasons

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Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:40 pm | Updated: 7:12 pm, Fri Aug 15, 2014.

Clarification appended

Congressman Steve Pearce said Wednesday that most immigrants from Central America who are crossing illegally into the United States are driven by economic reasons, not fear of physical danger in their homeland.

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  • Anneke Dubash posted at 12:57 pm on Fri, Jul 18, 2014.

    Mudhooks Posts: 1

    Yes... Because children have nothing better to do than invade another country for money... Unlike certain (former) vice-presidents who do so out of concern for the inhabitants of a country... Certainly not because they stand to personally make billions from the results of an illegal war and the demise of a dictator that their country propped up for decades despite the rest of the planet's condemnation....

    And, maybe, just maybe, they wouldn't be fleeing their countries if the US hadn't made a concerted effort to interfere with South and Central American nations' governments to make it possible for American fruit companies to continue making money on the backs of the poor, or to destroy the Communist government that resulted from the former, thus sowing the seeds of economic and social disaster in those countries...

  • Bonnie MacMahon posted at 4:57 am on Fri, Jul 18, 2014.

    BeeMac Posts: 1

    "Pearce said he and the rest of the House delegation that visited Honduras and Guatemala did not venture from their hotel very often because of the dangers"

    You're too afraid to leave your hotel but claim the reason kids are fleeing is an economic one...okayee.

  • William Krause posted at 8:00 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2014.

    calling all toasters Posts: 1

    Riiiight. I know that if I'm a member of a Honduran family who wants to come to the US for economic reasons, I would want to send the person who can't work. Who can't take advantage of the economic system. And who mostly turn them selves in at the border to be interred. It doesn't even make sense.

    It's like Pearce is speaking to a constituency who expect utter b.s., and welcome it. The sheer disregard for the truth, the appearance of truth, or even the appearance of caring about the truth is breathtaking.

  • Prince Michael Jauregui posted at 9:08 pm on Wed, Jul 16, 2014.

    PrinceMichael Posts: 119

    Again: Politicians on both-sides, are craftily attempting
    to exploit this issue. Suffice for it to say, this latest crisis
    is merely another consequence for 40-years of a "See No Evil...."
    approach to illegal immigration. Once again, from both-sides.

    ( I -briefly- spoke to Mr. Simonich several years-ago in a hallway
    at the capitol building. I personally gave him a copy of the -confirmed-
    Nation-altering "The Declaration of 2008". Unquestionably, a quintessential

  • Chris Mechels posted at 8:37 pm on Wed, Jul 16, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 359

    Pearce should have gotten out of his hotel room, rather than just making up his lines.

    As for those countries "fearful of losing the next generation", Guatemala is "per the CIA", the top remittance recipient in Central America, with remittances from the US equal to 1/2 the exports of the county.

    Which means, that the top "export" of Guatemala is their people. It also means that Pearce is either a dupe, or is playing us for fools. Certainly not an honest man...


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