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Five Generals and One Admiral Warn Cutting Central American Aid Will Increase Illegal Immigration
Five former commanders of U.S. Southern Command have warned in an open letter that cutting aid to Central America will only make matters worse on America's southern border.
"As former Commanders of U.S. Southern Command, we have seen firsthand that the challenges in the region cannot be solved by the military alone but require strengthening investments in development and diplomacy," the commanders wrote, in a letter released Monday by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
It was signed by Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), commander from 1994 to 1996; Marine Gen. Charles Wilhelm (Ret.), commander from 1997 to 2000; Army Gen. James Hill (Ret.), commander from 2002 to 2004, Army Gen. Bantz Craddock (Ret.), commander from 2004 to 2006, and Navy Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.), commander from 2006 to 2009.