The Forces Driving Central American Migration

Abuse of Asylum Procedures Have Led to US Border Crisis

central american migration

On August 12, Steve Hecht, editor at large of the Impunity Observer, made a presentation to the World Affairs Council of the Desert.

He explained that abuse of asylum procedures resulting from court rulings have fueled illegal immigration. Former President Donald Trump circumvented congressional refusal to legislate a fix by entering into agreements that permitted asylum claims to be filed outside the United States. The Biden regime changed back to processing them inside the country. The impossibility of doing this led to the current crisis of a dramatic increase in illegal immigration.

Regarding the push factors, he explained that Kamala Harris’s open support of Guatemala officials who have public records of criminality exacerbates the conditions that promote irregular migration. Changing this policy could produce positive results for both countries and the region.

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, Epoch Times, BizPac Review, Washington Examiner, 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.

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