The flood was sparked, according to the conventional wisdom in the federal government and the mainstream media, by widespread gang and drug cartel violence, and grinding poverty in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
As the National Journal's Brian Resnick reported Monday, "Earlier this year, the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees surveyed 404 children from Mexico and Central America who arrived in the United States illegally, and asked a simple question: Why did you leave? The report found 'that no less than 58 percent of the 404 children interviewed were forcibly displaced' to a degree that warranted international protection, meaning that if the U.S. refused these children, it could be in breach of U.N. conventions."
Resnick quotes Leslie Velez of the UN High Commission for Refugees, who says the international body first began seeing an unusual increase in asylum requests from those three countries in 2008.
Between 2008 and 2013, Velez said, such requests to countries other than the U.S., including Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama, increased more than 700 percent.
What isn't causing the flood is U.S. immigration policies, according to Velez, who told Resnick that only nine of the 404 children the commission interviewed mentioned that policy as their reason for coming across the border to America.
Things that don't just happen, didn't
But gang violence, poverty, drug cartels and unstable governments aren't found only in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
So odds are other factors as yet unreported in any detail are at play in the growing humanitarian crisis on the border.
What about the NGOs?
Next question: What about the nongovernmental organizations that often bridge the gap between official policy and people on the ground?
Thousands of NGOs get billions of dollars in government grants to do things officials don't want to be seen doing themselves.
Could it be that an obscure, well-meaning NGO's effort to provide desperate people some way out of the carnage and poverty is behind the flood?
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