Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis


For Immediate Release

Contact: Armando Carmona, 323-250-3018, [email protected] 

Central American Refugees Asking U.S. for Humanitarian Aid and Protection

Decades of Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy Major Factor in Regional Crisis

 Los Angeles, CA  – As the caravan of Honduran and Central American refugees continues its march across the Mexico towards the United States it has garnered worldwide attention both from sympathizers and anti-immigrant fanatics. While estimates say that the number of people have grown to more than 5,000 refugees, these numbers are slowly growing as a greater number have joined throughout the way. The Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles has issued the following statement:

“CARECEN was founded by refugees who walked the same path as those who are part of the so-called “migrant caravan”. 35 years ago, in the midst of the Salvadoran civil war members of our community fled violence, poverty and political repression. Now, the world can see the faces of an ongoing crisis that Central America has faced for decades. 

This crisis is rooted in decades of failed foreign policies towards the northern triangle which have been the primary cause of economic destabilization, political crises, violence and as a result forced migration.

Migration is a natural human right that must be respected and dignified and in the face of extreme levels of criminalization and dehumanization towards the Central American community we must stand together. We demand an end to the criminalization of migrants and the respect of international right to migrate and seek refuge for all immigrants. We stand in solidarity towards the Central American refugees making this dangerous journey seeking safety.

While the Trump administration uses this as an opportunity to fuel white nationalist ideas, we must not fall into his trap. We reject his dangerous stunt of sending thousands of troops to the border, while continuing to criminalize refugees calling for immoral changes to US asylum policies. We will not succumb to threats, or attempts to intimidate and divide our community. Many of us at CARECEN-LA come from families of refugees. We were once, and many continue to be, the men, women and children fleeing conditions of violence and insecurity.

Founded in 1983, CARECEN is the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country. CARECEN defends and protects the human and civil rights of the immigrant community.




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  • Ana Satana
    commented 2018-11-22 04:42:23 -0800
    @Barbara Razza decided to engage based on your ignorant reply. Laws have been written by older white privileged males for centuries, sons of white privileged males continue to affect our laws and that is as biased and inhumane as laws can get without the marginalized in mind. And that’s just in the U.S. Did these white males’ ancestors abide by native laws when they first arrived? Were they told to wait their turn? You best believe they didn’t and still don’t. They massacred masses of natives, ruined and took what was once theirs. Looking at if from a legal perspective, all kinds of fucking laws were broken then if you want to go in depth and discuss legality. Back to the main point, Migrants are fleeing extreme conditions to the extent that people like you can’t fathom and it shows through your ignorance on a forum intended for solidarity not blatant ignorance. What would you do without the comfort of family, safety, financial stability and first world commodities? You’d sit and wait your turn? or would you grow desperate in trying to repair and balance things out for you and your family’s sake. Keep in mind these folks’ conditions are a world-apart-different when compared to people like you in the U.S. Also, I suggest reading the aforementioned reasons as to why migrants are displaced. Spoiler alert: the U.S. plays a huge role.
  • Barbara Razza
    commented 2018-11-03 05:11:38 -0700
    We must respect tbe right of people to migrate? Only when the laws of countries are respected will I respect migrants. Rights . Apply and wait. You’re not special
  • Randy Herrera
    published this page in Press 2018-10-22 10:34:33 -0700