Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AFL-CIO Report Blames US Policies for Honduran Migration

Report: US trade and migration policies feed crisis in Honduras
By Vinnie Rotondaro, National Catholic Reporter
January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON Failed trade and migration policies of the United States have exacerbated political problems in Honduras, leading to greater poverty and violence, says a recent report by the AFL-CIO.

The report identifies "two essential elements to understanding the current crisis" in Honduras, which is referred to in many media accounts as "the murder capital of the world" because of the extent of violence in society.

The two elements the report cites are:

--"Recent political and economic developments" in the country, including a 2009 military coup d'├ętat, which unseated a left-leaning government and unsettled a period of relative peace in Honduran society;
--The "unfulfilled promise" of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

Read the full article:
http://ncronline.org/news/global/report-us-trade-and-migration-policies-feed-crisis-honduras

How US ‘Free Trade’ Policies Created the Central American Migration Crisis
By Michelle Chen, The Nation
February 6, 2015

When tens of thousands of Central American migrant children streamed across the US-Mexico border last year, some in this country received them as refugees fleeing violence and poverty; others demonized the “invasion” from the south with bigoted panic. What many overlooked was that these “unaccompanied minors” weren’t just coming in search of new homes—they were actually sent; their migration had been sponsored by some of the biggest corporations in the hemisphere.

A new report from the AFL-CIO examines the migrant influx in the context of global trade programs, tracing the the migration from one key “trading partner,” Honduras, back to the chaos wrought by years of transborder economic exploitation. Labor activists say that as the United States exports misery to the south, “free trade” has plunged a generation of youth into free fall.[...]

Read the full article:
http://www.thenation.com/blog/197313/how-us-free-trade-policies-created-central-american-migration-crisis#

Unions Call for a New Chapter in US-Honduras Relations
by David Bacon, Equal Times
February 10, 2015

A new report by US trade unions has strongly criticised the US government’s policies in Honduras.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre led a delegation of US labour leaders to meet with their Honduran counterparts.

“What we witnessed was the intersection of our corporate-dominated trade policies with our broken immigration system,” he said.

The delegation’s report, Trade, Violence and Migration: The Broken Promises to Honduran Workers, offers a frank assessment of the history and impact of US foreign policy in Honduras.[...]

Read the full article:
http://www.equaltimes.org/unions-call-for-a-new-chapter-in#.VO3RoPnF9FZ

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