OPINION: The Real Roots of Migration

 
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The signing of the Global Compact for Safe, Ordered and Regular Migration has raised winds of xenophobia and generated debates anchored in ignorance and prejudice. Although it is not binding, this pact seeks to address the problem of migration in an integral manner. And perhaps this is the best moment for the world to recognize that the real problem is not the migrants, but the failed states, with corrupt governments or hyper-violent societies that are the cause of the massive migration of their citizens. If the true roots of this phenomenon are not addressed, countries will be overwhelmed by migrants and refugees beyond their capabilities. This is the case of Panama because our country - like much of the region - has had a complacent foreign policy with dictatorships and corrupt governments that have caused waves of migrants fleeing to countries like ours in search of a better future. Let's not blame those who try to recover their lives in more tolerant societies, but those who cause terror and steal the dreams of their fellow citizens. They the problem that nobody seems to want to solve, be it in Syria, Venezuela or Nicaragua. – LA PRENSA. Dec 11

 



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Richard Charron

Very well said.

6 months ago
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Patty

Every inch of American soil has been earned and fought for with American blood. Theirs was a thirst for not only a Land of Laws but freedom of Religion and loyalty to the ideals set forth in the Constitution. The creativity unleashed here by this freedom has blessed the world. Nobody is given a free pass to citizenship. It is earned...well, WAS earned in the past when people wanted to assimilate, proud to be American. Not a one came waving their home country flag demanding total rights and benefits.

6 months ago
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Richard Charron

It is a very difficult problem. Short of removing the corrupt leadership of these countries what else can be done. If the U.S. were to easily remove Maduro from Venezuela the U.S. would be seen and vilified on the world stage as an interloper of some sort who is simply after the oil. It's a no win situation for us. If we throw a bunch of money at the Central American countries which we do on an ongoing basis, it simply enriches those in power. I suppose a multi-national solution is the only way to achieve any real change but it will take a leadership role other than the U.S. as we are too busy still trying to nation build in Afghanistan after 18 years, billions of dollars and countless American lives.

6 months ago
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mhogan

If you subscribe to the notion that people get the government they deserve, it is because they vote for politicians who they believe [ falsely] will give them free handouts. In their quest for getting something for nothing with sloth as it's root, they have sold their souls to socialism. And instead of standing up for good governance, they run like the cowards they are to a solution of more freebies and an easier (lazier) lifestyle. You young, able-bodied men are unwilling to assume responsibility for yourselves and those with least among you and fight for a better government. Instead you run like pigs to a more generous trough.

6 months ago
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