Central American immigrants are fleeing the economic despair in their home countries caused by US multinational corporations, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist.
Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on the death of an immigrant child, who died in the US custody.
Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, who had traveled with her father to the US from a rural area in Guatemala’s impoverished Alta Verapaz region, died while in custody at a US Border Patrol detention center.
“Although being a nation of immigrants, we’ve long been anti-immigrant. Our support in the past has been based primarily on seeking cheap labor or fighting the Cold War. The Braceros Program of the 1940s brought in many Mexican farm workers but like any program today, these workers are often exploited by the agribusinesses in ways that deny union…