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Exclusive: Guatemalan lawmaker Warns Biden Admin that ‘trade not aid’ will resolve border crisis

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Investigative columnist Sara Carter appeared on Fox News Sean Hannity Monday night with guest host Judge Jeanine Pirro to discuss President Biden’s massive failures at the border. Carter, who recently traveled to Guatemala, interviewed a number of senior diplomats, to include Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.

However, Friday’s appearance highlighted her interview with Guatemalan Congressman Enrique Montano on how both nations are failing to resolve the growing economic crisis in Central America and why that has led to a severely broken border and exacerbated the western hemisphere’s immigration crisis.

“I just recently returned from a trip to Guatemala,” Carter told Pirro. “I’ve been there actually four times over the last two years, and I can tell you that they’re extraordinarily frustrated with the Biden administration.”

Over the years, the country has deteriorated, despite help from the U.S. Federal government according to President Giammattei, as well as other diplomats in the region.

“We saw enormous amounts of poverty, some areas in Guatemala that used to be bustling towns now like empty ghost towns,” said Carter. “And they’re saying, wait, it’s not about allocating money for humanitarian crisis that will end up in the hands and pockets of NGOs throughout Guatemala. What we need specifically is a free trade agreement, strong free trade agreement with the United States. Nobody’s facing those facts.”

Montano echoed Giammattei’s sentiments.

“Because it’s trade, not aid, we don’t want handouts,” Montano said. “We want the American market to be more open towards us. The quotas that we have in many of our products, which, by the way, are world class products, we need more quotas. We need the border to be open, maybe not for our nationals, but for our products. And then you’re going to build a strong Guatemalan economy. You know how to help countries economically.”

This isn’t a new concept, according to Montano.

The same concept already saw success in a neighbor country. “Look at Mexico. You had a free trade agreement with them and you helped Mexico again,” Montano said. “Immigration from Mexican nationals to the United States has dramatically decreased. Our countries have increased that.”

Meanwhile, other countries are stepping in to lend a hand.

“Judge Jeanine, one of the biggest concerns, they say, is that if we don’t build strong economic trade with Guatemala and our other Central American neighbors, the fear is that our adversaries, like China and Russia, will be encroaching even further into the region, presenting a direct threat in the Western Hemisphere and to the United States,” Carter added.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Two dozen states sending National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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“The border is secure” says Vice President Kamala Harris; yet almost two dozen states are sending up to 2,500 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The assistance is aimed at helping federal immigration officials handle the border crisis.

“Groups that support tougher immigration restrictions say the deployment of the National Guard troops will help overburdened federal agencies deal with the surge of illegal immigration”, reports the Center Square.

The deployments were requested by the U.S. Department of Defense and Republican-led states like Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as Democratic-led states such as Rhode Island and Illinois will all be sending assistance. Other states sending troops include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, DOD officials said.

“Several other states – Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington – will be providing National Guard aviation support for border operations, according to the department.”

“The U.S. Virgin Islands has also committed National Guard troops to the mission, which is being overseen by the U.S. Northern Command.”

The Center Square reports:

The troops were requested by DOD to assist U.S. Border Patrol in dealing with a surge of illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs into the country. The troops will work only in support missions, a Defense Department spokesman said, and are prohibited under federal law from detaining undocumented migrants or others caught crossing into the United States illegally…

…The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border more than 1.8 million times since October, breaking previous records, according to the agency. The Center Square, through its sources, reported in August the number of illegal entries is nearly 5 million since Biden began to occupy the White House in January 2020.

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