Open Letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Obama policy helps gang members in Guatemala, leads to waves of illegal immigration
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 Daily Caller, Fox News, Frontpage Mag, New English Review, PanAm Post, and PJ Media and appeared as a guest on national American media programs, including 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 executive editor of Antigua Report, a consulting firm and publication that connects the Americas. He is also the roving editor of Gold Newsletter in Louisiana, a research fellow with the Tax Revolution Institute in Washington, DC, and a consultant with the Fraser Institute in Canada. Previously, he was the editor in chief of the PanAm Post and director of fiscal policy studies with the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina. He has studied economics at Boston University, political science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Cuban history at the University of Miami. His articles have appeared in online outlets such as the American Conservative, Daily Caller, Fox News, and LewRockwell.com, and in dailies such as the Charlotte Observer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sacramento Bee, and Washington Times.
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.
- US is spending $750 million in 2017 to stabilize NT.