Deportation: December 2008 Archives
Don't you just love it when the media actually writes a story about real people? Marc Lacey does precisely that in the New York Times with his article "An American's Lament: 'I Was Deported, Too.'" Lacey writes about "Crash" and "American wanderer" who was found in Mexico without papers after being asked to join a police line-up, and was actually deported back to the Mexico / U.S. border. Here's the best part of the article:
He said he was taken away and later found himself in a police lineup. He said he had been told that a woman had been robbed in Acapulco by a blond man with a goatee. Looking at the other men in the lineup, Crash said they could have been his brothers, all of them blond and with goatees.
The Miami Herald is reporting that deportations to Haiti have resumed. As I said in a post on Monday, deportations don't make any sense when you consider migration from a global perspective. The only solution to the problems associated with mass migration is to give people opportunities in the countries they are migrating from. Deportations only make conditions in the countries people are migrating from worse.
The Associated Press has an article about a town in Guatemala that is getting inundated with deportees after the New Bedford raid. It's good to see journalism that focuses on the root of the problem.
Nativists are probably cheering the return of all these migrants. To do so is short-sighted. If the U.S. is suffering during this economic downturn, Guatemala is suffering worse. We no longer live in a world where problems fit conveniently into national borders. It is the inability of Guatemala to provide for its people that has forced people to migrate to the U.S. in the first place. U.S. support for many of the brutal policies that have ravaged Guatemala makes the U.S. partly responsible.
Deporting tens of thousands to Guatemala when jobs are being lost makes absolutely no sense. It's forcing the country backwards. It was the absence of jobs in the first place that forced people to migrate. I dream of the day when we approach this issue from a global perspective. It's the only way.
Below are some of my favorite passages from the article:
I'm always here to bring you a more global perspective on the U.S. migration debate and the New York Times does just that with this article on a Cambodian deportee.
Tuy Sobil, or K.K., was a Cambodian refugee who just never went through the motions of applying for U.S. citizenship so when he was arrested for a felony he was deported. He now teaches hundreds of poor Cambodian children how to break dance, and the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia has even asked K.K. if his son can take a class.
His breakdancers have even been invited back to the U.S., but K.K. can't go back. The U.S. is no longer a forgiving place for the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free.