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Immigration is described as being characterized by both push and pull factors. The current pull factor is Biden’s “catch and release” open borders policy. The media-Dems tell us that the push factor is violence, and the Republicans point out that it’s largely economic migration, as well as benefitting organized crime. No one appears to be discussing land grabs-conflicts, whether for mining, agribusiness, etc. These frequently involve violence, including cartel violence. And, often the migration is first rural to urban.
In Belize there is apparently an ongoing land conflict between a nature conservation group and indigenous Mayan people. The Maya Leadership Alliance (МLА) stated in February: “Thеѕе еffоrtѕ аrе аіmеd аt ѕеvеrіng Q’еqсhі lіvеlіhооd rеlаtіоnѕ wіth thеіr trаdіtіоnаl lаndѕ – а раrt оf а glоbаl рrоblеm tо rіd іndіgеnоuѕ реорlеѕ frоm thеіr аnсеѕtrаl lаndѕ, оftеn рrоmоtеd undеr thе guіѕе оf соnѕеrvаtіоn аnd рrіѕtіnе fоrеѕtѕ. ” http://web.archive.org/web/20210209203418/https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2021/02/09/maya-leaders-alliance-lisel-alamilla-has-no-authority-over-land-in-indian-creek Once indigenous peoples are removed from their land, they risk losing their protective indigenous status, too. Within the United States, itself, unknown numbers of American Indians became US citizens and merged into the general population and, hence, are generally denied the right to even claim their ancestry. Nonetheless, some tribes do allow a certain blood quotient (a very high one).
People need to get to work looking for connections, if any, between land grabs in MesoAmerica-Latin America and Biden-Harris-Pelosi, and other advocates of mass migration to the United States – illegal and legal. This is especially true since many of the immigrants appear to be indigenous to the Americas. This suggests a land grab of indigenous lands for mining, agribusiness-ranching, resorts-tourism-luxury housing. The same questions should be raised for immigration from Africa to Europe. The focus shouldn’t simply be on US and European companies, but Canadian, Chinese, companies from India, etc.
The most logical motive behind Biden-Harris policies is emptying pristine lands in Latin America, especially MesoAmerica, for luxury resorts-tourism and housing, mining, and agribusiness. Servants for rich Americans is probably just an extra for them.
“Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1862. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Both nations have voted to send the dispute for final resolution to the International Court of Justice. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country’s heavy foreign debt burden, high crime rates, high unemployment combined with a majority youth population, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.” http://web.archive.org/web/20210324225016/https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/belize/
When fund-raising for Flоrа аnd Fаunа Іntеrnаtіоnаl, this group, One Earth, has mentioned concerns that the area could be turned into an orange or banana plantation: “Securing the Boden Creek Corridor in Belize, linking the Mountains and the Sea” https://archive.is/ntjGr We have found a land grab in neighboring Honduras by a fruit plantation, but, in this instance, Flora and Fauna are in apparent conflict with the Mayans for land use. On the other hand, the most recent news report (uppermost video) says that they aren’t 100% certain of who the private owner claiming their land might be. So, it may not involve Flora and Fauna International.
The original Boden Creek Ecological Preserve discussed here: http://seas.umich.edu/ecomgt/pubs/belize/chapter7.pdf
“Statement by the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs on the Situation in Indian Creek Village, Toledo
Belmopan. February 10, 2021. 4:30 p.m.
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs, that former chairperson of the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission, Ms. Lisel Alamilla, as agent for a private land owner, placed a full page ad in the Amandala Newspaper this past weekend asserting ownership by the company of a large tract of land in or near Indian Creek Village, Toledo District.
The Ministry is concerned and disappointed that Ms. Alamilla, who recently demitted the office of Commissioner at the end of December 2020, and is well aware of the complex issues at hand, has made such a statement knowing the difficulties and potential conflicts it has caused. The police department had to be requested to visit Indian Creek in order to diffuse a potentially explosive situation.
The Consent Ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in 2015 called on all parties to respectfully balance competing interests of Maya customary land rights and private ownership by third parties and interests. Ms. Alamilla’s actions were unhelpful and clearly not in good faith since all interventions require respectful and open consultation and dialogue.
The Ministry will work closely with the Commissioner Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Mr. Gregory Ch’oc, to carry out the consent order of the CCJ in a manner beneficial to all stakeholders, and we call on everyone concerned to respect these processes. Ends” https://www.pressoffice.gov.bz/statement-by-the-ministry-of-indigenous-peoples-affairs-on-the-situation-in-indian-creek-village-toledo/
Boden Creek Land and Cattle Limited appears to have laid claim to 12,876 acres of land claimed by local indigenous (Mayan) people. As explained by: “Indian Creek Villagers issued notice of trespassing on property they claim is part of Maya Customary lands” PLUSTV BELIZE February 9: “Lisel Alamilla, acting as an agent for a private landowner in southern Belize, issued a notice of trespassing in Friday’s Amandala newspaper to villagers in Indian Creek Village. The notice seeks to inform villagers and their leaders that there is private ownership of three parcels of land, comprising 12,876 acres, situated opposite Indian Creek village, in the Toledo District. The notice warns villagers that any form of trespassing on these lands must cease with immediate effect. The land, according to the notice, is legally owned by Boden Creek Ecological Preserve and beneficially owned by Boden Creek Land and Cattle Limited. Now, villagers in the community are up in arms. Today, spokesperson for the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcalde Alliance, Christina Coc, told us that villagers in Indian Creek have been occupying the land in question and practicing their customs. She contends that the 12 thousand acres fall within the parameters of the court ordered Maya Customary Land Rights, and as a result, no private ownership has the authority to encroach on these lands. According to Coc, the private owners have already began erecting boulders to block road access.” Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/plustvbelize/videos/indian-creek-villagers-issued-notice-of-trespassing-on-property-they-claim-is-pa/254373402791986/
“Maya Leaders Alliance: “Lisel Alamilla has no authority over land in Indian Creek”
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021. 2:32 pm CST, By BBN Staff
Article Excerpt (Statement): “Тhе МLА іѕѕuеd а ѕtаtеmеnt tоdау, thаt, Аlаmіllа іѕ nоw а lаnd аgеnt wоrkіng wіth thе соnѕеrvаtіоn оrgаnіzаtіоn Flоrа аnd Fаunа Іntеrnаtіоnаl, іn thе rеquеѕt fоr thе rеѕіdеntѕ оf Іndіgеnоuѕ сrееk tо “сеаѕе іmmеdіаtеlу” thеіr lіvеlіhооd асtіvіtіеѕ bесаuѕе thе аrеа іn quеѕtіоn іѕ “рrіvаtе рrореrtу аnd [ѕіс] nоt…Соmmunаl Lаndѕ.” Мѕ. Аlаmіllа hаѕ nо аuthоrіtу оr bаѕіѕ, fасtuаl оr lеgаl, tо dесlаrе thаt thе lаndѕ аrе ‘nоt соmmunаl lаndѕ’. Іndееd, thе Аuthоrіtу, а соurt-арроіntеd ехреrt, hаѕ ехрlісіtlу rесоgnіzеd thаt thе lаndѕ іn Іndіаn Сrееk, рrіmа fасіе, fоrm раrt оf сuѕtоmаrу Мауа Lаndѕ,” thе МLА ѕаіd. “Тhеѕе еffоrtѕ аrе аіmеd аt ѕеvеrіng Q’еqсhі lіvеlіhооd rеlаtіоnѕ wіth thеіr trаdіtіоnаl lаndѕ – а раrt оf а glоbаl рrоblеm tо rіd іndіgеnоuѕ реорlеѕ frоm thеіr аnсеѕtrаl lаndѕ, оftеn рrоmоtеd undеr thе guіѕе оf соnѕеrvаtіоn аnd рrіѕtіnе fоrеѕtѕ. ” http://web.archive.org/web/20210209203418/https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2021/02/09/maya-leaders-alliance-lisel-alamilla-has-no-authority-over-land-in-indian-creek/
“MAYA LEADERS ALLIANCE – UPDATE REPORT TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE OF THE ICCPR FOR THE 124TH SESSION REVIEW OF BELIZE 07 September 2018
I. Executive Summary
The Maya Leaders Alliance (“MLA”) welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Human Rights Committee of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) review of Belize at its upcoming 124th Session. In September 2017, Belize submitted an Initial Report pursuant to Article 40, which obligates that State Parties subject to the ICCPR submit reports on the “measures they have adopted which give effect to the rights recognized herein and on the progress made in the enjoyment of those rights.”1 The initial report in relation to Article 27 provides that the Government of Belize (“GOB”) appointed the Toledo Land Rights Commission (the “Commission”) to implement the Consent Order of the Caribbean Court of Justice (“CCJ”)2, and that the GOB appoints Alcaldes every two years…” Read the rest here: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CCPR/Shared%20Documents/BLZ/INT_CCPR_CSS_BLZ_32402_E.pdf
“Maya Leaders Alliance and Cultural Survival Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Belize : Joint Stakeholder Submission on BELIZE Prepared for the 31st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 05 November 2018 – 16 November 2018, March 29, 2018 ” Read here: https://www.culturalsurvival.org/sites/default/files/UPR_MLA%2BCS%20Submission_%20Belize%202018.pdf
There is a land grab by foreigners and other non-Mayans:
“Is There a Land Grab in Maya Communities Down South?” https://youtu.be/Urjuzhp7Evg
“AG Peyrefitte Responds to MLA on Maya Land Grab” https://youtu.be/KgXxvVpvxeU
“How Do You Stop the Land Grab?” https://youtu.be/PbK8iT025sM
This Belizean girl doesn’t appear to be Mayan. While she speaks English, her mother is a Spanish speaker:
“Belizean Child Among Unaccompanied Migrants Reaching U.S. Border” https://youtu.be/gt4t5LaSwFQ
“Mother of Migrant Child Speaks Out” https://youtu.be/Czhjpb8FYtM
Ethnicities in Belize (formerly British Honduras) include the indigenous Mayas, and British, African, Spanish, Chinese, Lebanese, Asian-Indians, and Mennonite immigrants, as explained in: “John Carr Reflects On Ranching, Taxes, Business and Life In Belize” May 14, 2013 https://archive.is/mW9W1
Cattle Ranching isn’t a good use of land in a tiny country like Belize! He should be “ranching” in the United States or Argentina. It says that he has a resort, too. Forget “imperialism”, that’s neo-colonialism. This is in stark contrast to India, which sends its excess population all over the world, but generally won’t accept immigrants unless the ancestors of the immigrant came from India.
If the migrants to the USA were only from Belize, Belize might be empty soon.
405,633 (July 2021 est.)
country comparison to the world: 175
Mestizo 52.9%, Creole 25.9%, Maya 11.3%, Garifuna 6.1%, East Indian 3.9%, Mennonite 3.6%, White 1.2%, Asian 1%, other 1.2%, unknown 0.3% (2010 est.)
note: percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one ethnic origin
English 62.9% (official), Spanish 56.6%, Creole 44.6%, Maya 10.5%, German 3.2%, Garifuna 2.9%, other 1.8%, unknown 0.3%, none 0.2% (cannot speak) (2010 est.)
note: shares sum to more than 100% because some respondents gave more than one answer on the census
Roman Catholic 40.1%, Protestant 31.5% (includes Pentecostal 8.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.4%, Anglican 4.7%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.6%, Methodist 2.9%, Nazarene 2.8%), Jehovah’s Witness 1.7%, other 10.5% (includes Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, Rastafarian, Salvation Army), unspecified 0.6%, none 15.5% (2010 est.)” http://web.archive.org/web/20210324225016/https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/belize/