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Central America Trade Deal was No Immigration Cure-all  

“If you’re concerned about immigration to this country, then you must understand that CAFTA and the benefits of CAFTA will help create new opportunity in Central American countries, which will mean someone will be able to find good work at home, somebody will be able to provide for their family at home, as opposed to having to make the long trip to the United States. CAFTA is good immigration policy, as well as good trade policy.”

–President George W. Bush, June 23, 2005

Home of most of the unaccompanied immigrant children streaming into U.S.:

Central America


(Sources:  “Statement by the President on the Central American and Dominican Republic Trade Agreement,” President George W. Bush, Archive, U.S. Department of State, June 23, 2005, http://2001-2009.state.gov/e/eeb/rls/rm/2005/48546.htm and “Immigrant children continue to surge into South Texas, by Rick Jervis, USA Today, June 17, 2014, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/17/children-surge-immigration-texas/10643609/)