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CAFTA Blowback?

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Some House Republicans want to send the National Guard to south Texas to guard the border. This is the latest development as the August recess of Congress nears and the problem of Central American youth flooding over the border remains. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as we've reported, is already taking state action to stem the tide of illegal aliens, many of them unsupervised children, entering the Rio Grande Valley. WHDT's Mark Anderson is on Capitol Hill. He's seeing firsthand that partisan politics and the seeming complexity of the border problem may delay a solution as that annual recess nears. Anderson attended a legislative session with Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer Tuesday. Here's what Mark had to say: So, it appears Hoyer opposes deporting the Central Americans who've been entering the U.S. by the thousands since last fall, with the numbers spiking in recent weeks. The bottom line is that Hoyer's reluctant to simply stop more youths from the entering the U.S. until a longer-term solution is reached. Meanwhile, Anderson caught up with noted Congressman Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican. He tended to agree with Anderson's analysis that the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and the Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CATFA, have hurt the Central American economies enough to become a contributing factor in the border crisis. However, Congressman Sanford Bishop, a Georgia Democrat, feels more data is needed on the effects of these trade treaties. While Bishop sees NAFTA as a possible cause of Mexican economic problems, he believes CAFTA was not so much a cause of the border crisis. He added, "Just for the record, I did not support NAFTA but I did support CAFTA." Still,, the two votes of Congress over the last 20 years on NAFTA and CAFTA stand out as deserving even closer scrutiny on whether Congress, perhaps thru the law of intended consequences, may have aided and abetted an eventual border crisis. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that House Republicans will recommend speeding Central American youths back home as their initial action regarding the border crisis. The recommendation comes from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner. Meanwhile, the ambassadors from the three countries in question—Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala—held a lavish dinner inside the Rayburn House Building Tuesday evening. WHDT tried to gain access but was turned away, while hoping to question the Central American ambassadors about the free trade factor. It appears the grand irony here is that this exodus of Central American kids into the U.S. may be the NAFTA and CAFTA chickens coming home to roost. And now the U.S. Congress, which approved these trade pacts, has a big problem on its hands—as time ticks away before the August recess. Support Indymedia! Donate USD: http://nnn.is/donate-dollars Donate BTC: http://nnn.is/donate-bitcoin Download your free Next News "Heroes & Villains" Poster here: http://nextnewsnetwork.com/the-2013-heroes-villains-posters LIVE: http://NextNewsNetwork.com Facebook: http://Facebook.com/NextNewsNet Twitter: http://Twitter.com/NextNewsNet Sub: http://NNN.is/the_new_media Meet the Next News Team: http://youtu.be/2QnNKwQ2WkY Hashtag: #N3 About: Next News Network's WHDT World News program airs daily at 6pm and 11pm Eastern on Comcast, DirecTV and Over-the-Air and Online at http://NNN.is/on-WHDT WHDT World News is available to 6 million viewers from South Beach to Sebastian, Florida and to 2 million viewers in Boston, Massachusetts via WHDN. WHDT broadcasts on RF channel 44 (virtual channel 9) from Palm City and is carried on cable TV channels 44 (SD) and 1044 (HD) by AT&T, on cable channels 17 (SD) and 438 (HD) in West Palm Beach by Comcast, on satellite channel 44 (SD) in West Palm Beach by DIRECTV, and on WHDN-Boston which broadcasts on RF channel 38 (virtual channel 6) from the Government Center district in downtown Boston. More about WHDT: htt...