World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 22 Mar, 2021 04:15 am

After a century of plunder, US imperialism turns away Central American refugees

After a century of plunder, US imperialism turns away Central American refugees
The American ruling class has systematically destroyed Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for over a century, forcing millions to flee their homes.

An unprecedented human exodus is underway across the Americas, as 2 million people—nearly a 10th of the population of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—are expected to flee to the United States in the coming months.The governments that presently run each country have their roots in police state dictatorships imposed by the United States to enforce the diktats of American corporations and crush social opposition across the hemisphere.In 1954, the United States carried out a coup d’état to remove Guatemala’s President Jacobo Arbenz from power, thwarting land reforms.In the 1970s and 80s, the United States transformed Central America into an even larger mass grave, using Honduras as a staging ground for efforts to crush the Sandinista National Liberation Front in neighboring Nicaragua, with death squads deployed to carry out genocidal war.

The United States is preparing further crimes, with US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Admiral Craig Faller telling the press in December that US imperialism’s “competitive edge [in Latin America].Remittances from relatives in the United States account for roughly one sixth of the total GDP.

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