Another way to ask, what are Central American presidents doing to collaborate with President Obama to address the problem that results in refugees flooding America’s southern border? The presidents from Central American nations that are the sources of thousands of child and other refugees flooding America arrived in Washington to presumably address the problem together. What did they say and what will be done?
Employing the approach to problem solving that Dr. James Rodger and I advocate in our book, Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010, Wiley Publishing, here is the analysis beginning with the problem definition.
Excessive numbers of children from Central America are arriving at America’s southern border where they have been put at risk to travel and where their numbers exceed America’s capacity to safely process them. Human trafficking and endangerment are characteristics of the problem.
- Large numbers of children
- Processing backlog
- Large numbers of children not qualified as refugees or for immigration
- Large numbers of returnees
- Poverty in home nations
- Unsustainable economies
- Absence of upward mobile opportunity
- Exploitation by human traffickers
- Deficiencies in home nation governments
From an American perspective, the specific job of U.S. foreign policy, immigration policy, and national security is to prevent illegal refugees. Preventing illegal refugees is government by American laws and regulations, however it is affected by Central American national laws and regulations.
For instance, what processes are in place for citizens for Central American nations to apply for immigration to another country? What avenues do people have for seeking economic assistance to address their economic plight? What is the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and Central American national policies in addressing the root causes for people becoming refugees?
The solution that President Obama proposes is described as a “‘comprehensive plan’ to address the underlying reasons for the surge of immigrant youth from their countries who are entering the United States illegally.”
Presumably the outcome from that plan will prevent illegal refugees and reduce their number.
The primary sources of the problem are:
- El Salvador
Their presidents are:
- Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador
- Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras
- Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala
Why are people fleeing their home nations?
- High crime
- Lack of economic opportunity
- Human trafficking
- Sexual abuse
- Child endangerment
President Obama told them “most of the child migrants crossing the border illegally now won't be permitted to stay.”
The fact remains that there is no content in the report that describes any aspect of a solution.
Here are some suggestions: (See the annotated list)
1. Immediately, move the processing of refugees from the U.S. to the nations of origin.
That would require the U.S. to establish processing stations in those nations and to immediately return the refugees to their home nations.
2. Work with the home nations to secure a safe place for children that includes addressing their home families situations.
3. Address the larger context of the problem with foreign policy and economic aid that addresses sustainable economics.
According to a report by Jeremy Diamond, CNN, “We’re working on it.”
“Central American leaders to Obama: We're working on it
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
updated 7:40 PM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
President Obama meets with Central American leaders
NEW: Central American leaders meet with Obama on youth migrant surge
NEW: They say they're working on a plan to address underlying cause of migration
The Obama administration is buoyed by slight slowing of migrant kids at the border
Congress working on scaled-back plan, but House and Senate divided on approach
Washington (CNN) -- Central American leaders signaled to President Barack Obama they're working on a "comprehensive plan" to address the underlying reasons for the surge of immigrant youth from their countries who are entering the United States illegally.
The presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala met with Obama at the White House on Friday as Washington struggles to find a solution to what many consider a humanitarian crisis.
The influx this year of tens of thousands of child immigrants, many unaccompanied, has become a partisan flashpoint on the already divisive issue of reforming a U.S. immigration system that all sides agree is broken.