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US has border crisis since ‘we have destroyed’ Central America: African American lawmaker

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Migrants mostly form Central America wait in line to cross the border at the Gateway International Bridge into the US from Matamoros, Mexico to Brownsville, Texas.

The United States is facing a border crisis because it has “destroyed” Central America during history, says an African American lawmaker.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman made the comments in an interview with CNN Sunday as more migrants were arriving at the US southern border from Central America.

When you hear people refer to “crisis” at our border, think about this chart.

Even though we have more border agents, more barrier, and better technology, illegal crossings today are near a 50 year low. pic.twitter.com/IoNjrqhy0R

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 28, 2021

According to an ABC News/Ipos poll, 57 percent of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s approach towards the situation at the border with Mexico.

Among Republicans, 89 percent disapprove of Biden’s handling of the situation, while 54 percent of independents disapprove as well.

I’ve seen the Biden cages and humanitarian crisis on the border firsthand.

The crisis is only getting worse due to the policies of the Biden administration.https://t.co/v9pNM4vKC1

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 27, 2021

“We have disrupted the political, social, and economic systems in Central America for over a century, because of our personal capitalist interests," Bowman said. "Because of that disruption, that’s why we see a rise in crime and the rise of dysfunction and that’s why people are coming here. The least we can do is offer them asylum."

The US should make up for past behavior towards the region, he further asserted.

A Biden official, from Washington DC, traveled to the southern border to prevent Ted Cruz from taking pictures of the heart-wrenching Biden border crisis.

This tense exchange says it all about Biden's priorities...https://t.co/gdM4ybVied

— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 28, 2021

"The best we can do is implement a 21st century Marshall Plan and help to rebuild Central America in the same ways that we have destroyed it," the representative for New York's 16th congressional district said, referring to the 1940s plan that rebuilt large parts of Europe after World War II. "We wanted their land and their natural resources, and we were engaged in coup d’etats and other behaviors in those areas in order to do so. Now we have to right our wrongs.”

Unaccompanied migrant children are arriving in record numbers and many are packed in border facilities.

Since Biden assumed office, there has been an increasing surge at the border by migrants and asylum seekers from countries gripped by poverty and violence such as El Salvador and Honduras.


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