July 17, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 112 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
BORDER CRISIS; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 112
(Senate - July 17, 2014)
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[Page S4612] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] BORDER CRISIS Mr. NELSON. The administration sent several Cabinet Secretaries and high-ranking appointees to brief all Senators last evening on the crisis of the children on the border, and it appears they are getting their arms around addressing the problem of the children and the humanitarian crisis on the border. However, it is the opinion of this Senator that they do not recognize the root cause of the problem. If the administration would listen to their four-star general, the head of the United States Southern Command, General Kelly, and the testimony he has already given to the Armed Services Committee of what is the problem, then we could get to the root cause of the problem and stop these future humanitarian crises. The problem simply is that we are not devoting the time and the resources--the money--to the interdiction of the big drug shipments coming out of South America into Central America. They come in big shipments from Colombia through Venezuela by air or sea on the eastern side, from Colombia through Ecuador or originating in Ecuador out on the western side, coming into three Central American countries-- Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. As a result, their drug lords have completely taken over those countries. As a result, the violence is the highest. Honduras is now the murder capital of the world. As a result of that drug violence--and there is very little law and order-- the whole system is corrupted. For parents with children, it is logical that they would want to send their children to a safer environment. The administration has to address this issue with regard to going back to what we did so successfully in Plan Colombia--interdict the drug traffic before it gets to those Central American countries because once it does in the big shipments, they then break it down into smaller packages and it goes north. ____________________