Facebook posts, Robert Reich states that the “United States is not a detached, innocent bystander” when it comes to the refugee crisis and reminds us that the women and children fleering Central America are “refugees of the drug war we’ve created.” Reich argues that our past support for brutal right-wing regimes in Central America followed by our indifference to these countries after the fall of the Soviet Union created destruction, poverty, and gangs and cartels supplying the U.S. with drugs. Further, those who show hatred toward child refugees, many escaping from violence, are the same as those who despise a wide variety of groups:
For decades, U.S. governments supported unspeakably brutal regimes and poured billions into maintaining them ($5 billion in El Salvador alone). Implacable opposition to communism—often defined as virtually any reformer—gave these regimes a blank check. The result is a legacy of dealing with opponents through extreme violence and a culture of impunity. Judicial systems remain weak, corrupt, and often completely dysfunctional. After the cold war ended, the United States lost interest in these countries. What was left was destruction, tens of thousands dead, and massive population displacement. The percentage of people living below the poverty line is 54 percent for Guatemala, 36 percent for El Salvador,and 60 percent for Honduras. More recently gangs, organized crime, and drug cartels feeding the US market have become part of this unholy mix.
...The haters direct their venom not just at child refugees seeking asylum from the drug war we created, but also at gays who want to marry, African-Americans who want to vote and exercise their other rights of citizenship, women who seek abortions, or even women in general, Latinos who want their children to be taught in Spanish, immigrants in general, Muslims, Jews, government “bureaucrats,” the poor and needy, anyone who dares suggest a required background check before buying guns, people they call “liberals” or “socialists” or “communists,” even the President of the United States.