The US’ trade deals with its neighboring countries have caused the current immigration crisis, says an American analyst.
Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, made the remarks while discussing the deaths of two migrant children in US custody.
Earlier this month, Jakelin Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, died after being arrested by border agents. She died of dehydration while in detention.
Last week, US immigration authorities said an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala had also died under similar conditions.
The two children were among many other immigrants, who are fleeing poverty and crime in their countries and trying to cross the border into the US.
Hoenig said the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), supported by both Democrats and Republicans, was partly responsible for the crisis because it destroyed small businesses in some Central and South American countries, causing their citizens to…