The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Tegucigalpa (AFP) – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez told visiting U.S. lawmakers Sunday that poverty and misinformation was fueling the flow of minors from Central America seeking to enter the United States illegallly.

Hernandez told the lawmakers that the “complicated” mix of factors included gang violence, “violent crime and the lack of information about … the U.S. immigration reform legal process,” spokesman Jorge Hernandez Alcerro told reporters.

The misinformation giving people false hopes that they can legally enter the United States, Hernandez Alcerro said.

U.S.authorities have detained some 57,000 unaccompanied minors since October, twice the number from the same period a year ago, seeking to illegally cross into the United States from Mexico.

Most of the unaccompanied youths are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

U.S. President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion to help ease an “urgent humanitarian situation.” The request includes funds to increase border security with aerial surveillance, improved housing for the undocumented arrivals, and ways to speed up their deportation.

A first group of 40 deportees from the United States, including children, was due to arrive in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Monday, a government statement said.

The U.S. delegation, led by Republican Representative Kay Granger from Texas, included Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Democrat David Price from North Carolina.

The U.S. legislators on Saturday met with Guatemalan President Otto Perez. His government said it would draw up a list of suggestions of how to deal with the crisis in the next ten days.

AFP Photo/Casa Presidencial

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jessica Cisneros

It’s a race that has some Democratic voters scratching their heads: a young, progressive primary challenger versus a pro-life, conservative Democrat who received an A-rating from the NRA. The primary race between one of the most conservative Democrats in the House, Representative Henry Cuellar, and Jessica Cisneros has become a lightning rod within the Democratic Party.

Cuellar declared victory, but as of Wednesday morning, major media outlets have said the race is too close to call. He is just a couple hundred votes ahead of his Cisneros in Texas' 28th Congressional District primary. When neither candidate won a majority in the March 1 primary, the two highest vote-getters faced each other in Tuesday's run-off election.

Keep reading... Show less

School shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Youtube Screenshot

Fox News responded to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, by interviewing experts who pushed controversial, counterproductive models to reduce gun violence in schools. One of these experts advocated for introducing more weapons into schools through arming teachers and staff, a policy firmly rejected by teachers unions and researchers. Another called for increased active shooter response trainings-- a service his company provides -- which have also been found to be ineffective at preventing casualties.

As news out of Uvalde was still developing, Fox News’ Jesse Watters invited Laura Carno -- the executive director of FASTER Colorado, which advocates for arming school staff -- on his show, where she compared arming teachers and other school personnel to arming pilots. “We all feel really comfortable with the armed pilot program, where some pilots are armed on some flights,” Carno said. “We don't know which ones, and we feel pretty good about that. It's a very similar kind of thing to armed school staff programs.”

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}