Nancy Pelosi’s Guatemala Trip a Socialist Love Affair

Democrats Back Candidate to Undermine Trump's Asylum Agreement

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US Ambassador Luis Arreaga and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Guatemala. (US Embassy Guatemala)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Guatemala yesterday and promoted the socialist candidate for president ahead of Sunday’s election. In what is set to be a tight contest, Pelosi put her thumb on the scale of Sunday’s results.

Pelosi snubbed conservative President Jimmy Morales who defeated a socialist candidate in the last election. She met only with socialists opposed to him and to President Donald Trump and his policies.

Pelosi and her team of Democrats supported corrupt authorities attempting to fix Sunday’s Guatemalan presidential election. They favor socialist candidate Sandra Torres, who opposes the asylum agreement reached by Trump and Morales.

Pelosi’s opposition to new domestic-asylum rules shows her desire to flood the country with illegal migrants and portray Trump as an anti-migrant racist in the 2020 campaign. Her defense of asylum is a deception, since almost all those seeking asylum are economic migrants and not fleeing persecution.

She did not go to Guatemala to examine the asylum agreement. She already opposes it.

US Ambassador Luis Arreaga is also undermining Trump. He needs to be replaced immediately.  Arreaga coordinated Pelosi’s meeting with local socialists. They met with Helen Mack of the Myrna Mack Foundation, whom they call a human-rights activist. George Orwell would smile.

Judicial Watch has reported the Myrna Mack Foundation receives money from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, as well as from USAID. Mack teamed up with the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to accuse defense attorneys of corruption for representing defendants accused by the commission. Guatemala’s Bar Association issued an immediate condemnation of the attack on the constitutional right to a defense.

Photographs show Pelosi with leftist judges, as she promoted the socialist agenda in Guatemala.  Pelosi described the visit in a tweet as bipartisan, but her entire delegation was Democrats. It was only bipartisan if one thinks there is a difference between Democrats and socialists.

The “bipartisan” US delegation and Guatemalan judges. (US Embassy Guatemala)

To obtain the asylum agreement, Trump threatened to impose tariffs on imports of Guatemalan products, fees on remittances to Guatemala, and restriction to Guatemalan travel to the United States. Morales quickly signed the agreement. A tax on remittances would be devastating to Guatemala’s economy, since remittances comprise 12 percent of Guatemala’s GDP.

Such US actions would affect any president who depends on the support of his population. That will not apply to Sandra Torres. She has the support of tyrants: Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. They depend on Cuban repression expertise. When she was first lady of Guatemala, her husband bestowed Guatemala’s highest honor on Fidel Castro.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has called Guatemala the choke point for illegal immigration. It’s the only land route from South and Central America to the United States. This underlines the importance of the asylum agreement to stem the flood of illegal immigrants arriving on the US-Mexico border.

The speaker of the US House of Representatives just traveled to Guatemala to undermine the agreement and support an avowed socialist. Perhaps this should be no surprise with the rise of the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her caucus.

However, the outcome of Sunday’s election could have a detrimental impact on the security of the US southern border. Torres will work to undo Trump’s and Morales’s agreement, and Pelosi just tried to prop up Torres in the eyes of Guatemala’s electorate.

Hopefully she will not succeed.

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Steven Hecht

Steven Hecht

Editor at Large

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, Washington Examiner, Frontpage Mag, New English Review, PanAm Post, Epoch Times, 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.

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