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More foreign aid is no answer to border problem

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To attack the “root” of the ongoing border crisis, the U.S. needs to make a larger investment in Central America — say, about $2 billion more, says Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina.

That would be “more profitable than investing it on border security or on border control with Mexico,” Mr. Molina tells The Washington Post.

Never mind the millions in U.S. aid already squandered, supposedly to improve conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Notes Francisco Portillo, president of the Honduran Francisco Morazan Integrated Organization in Miami, there are “no limits” to the corruption.

“I think giving money to these governments is a serious mistake,” Mr. Portillo tells The Daily Signal. And the record shows why.

Since 2008, the U.S. has spent approximately $800 million on security and law enforcement assistance in Central America, The Post reports, with about $528 million going to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

But Central America's dysfunction has only gotten worse. As a result, an estimated 60,000 unaccompanied illegal-alien children are crossing the U.S. border this year alone, writes Marinela Toledo for The Daily Signal.

So, the U.S. should shovel in more foreign aid and hope for better results?

The “investment” America needs to make is in border security and enforcement of its immigration laws.

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