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Steve Hecht is a businessman, writer, and film producer, born and raised in New York. He has lived and worked in Guatemala since 1972. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in Banking and Finance, both from Columbia University. He has worked on development projects in Guatemala to help the country leave its underdeveloped state and reach its great potential. Realizing the misconceptions prevalent about Guatemala and Latin America in the outside world, he has written for the Washington Times, Daily Caller, Fox News, Epoch Times, BizPac Review, Washington Examiner, Frontpage Mag, New English Review, PanAm Post, and PJ Media. He has appeared as a guest on national American media networks and programs, including the One America News, Newsmax, and The Lars Larson Show. Steve’s reporting has included meeting with coyotes, the human smugglers who have ferried millions of illegal immigrants into the United States via Guatemala’s 595-mile border with Mexico.
Fergus Hodgson is the director of Econ Americas, a financial and economic consultancy. He holds an MBA in finance from Rice University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Boston University and the University of Waikato. He was the founding editor in chief of the PanAm Post.
David Landau has been a recognized writer all his adult life. Months after graduating from Harvard College, where he edited the Harvard Crimson, he gained international fame for his book — the first — about Henry Kissinger. Since then he's been a publisher, editor, novelist, and playwright. He also has a specialty in Latin American matters. His publishing firm has concentrated on books about Cuba, and he has been involved in Guatemalan political matters for more than two decades — giving advice to politicians, making numerous radio broadcasts on Guatemala's recent political turmoil, and writing dozens of articles about the country.
Armando De La Torre is dean of the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is a US citizen of Cuban origin and a former Jesuit priest, and he holds masters degrees in philosophy and theology and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Munich, Germany. He was prefect of studies at the Latin American Seminary in the Vatican, where the vast majority of Latin American bishops study. Invited by universities and other institutions, he has given conferences on a wide range of subjects, especially rule of law and market economics, in Italy, France, Spain, Korea, Germany, and every country in Latin America. He studied journalism and is a published author and columnist.
- Guatemala population: 15 million.
- Guatemala-Mexico border: 595 Miles.
- Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador comprise the “Northern Triangle” (NT).
- 10 percent of NT populations have fled violence.
- The NT is three of the top five sources of illegals to the United States.
- Illegal immigrants from around the world arrive in the United States via Guatemala.
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