Guatemala: August 2007 Archives
(Picture from Prensa Libre, a woman has her identification cut by a Migration employee)
Guatemala's main newspaper, Prensa Libre, published an article entitled "Wave of Deportees". I recommend you read it in Spanish if you can, because it is written beautifully, but I have translated the article for those who only speak English. It chronicles what Guatemalan deportees are going through better than most English language media, but more importantly it tackles the issues no one speaks about: what all of this means for a nation like Guatemala. Very few people even consider the countries that people come from in the U.S. "immigration debate", and even fewer act on the increasing pressure that Emigration States are facing. When bettering Emigration States is the only real way that we are going to fix the problems associated with migration, it's kind of ridiculous the issue is hardly ever brought up, much less acted upon.
(BBC picture of Guatemalan indigenous women and children randomly paired with adoption articles)
Guatemala made the international press, today, and as usual the reporting has done more to misinform than to inform, it has done more harm than good. The BBC and the Associated Press are reporting on a raid of an adoption house, Casa Quivira, supposedly full of stolen children. The local Guatemalan press, however, has not even reported on it. Couple that with shoddy international reporting and it's likely that all of this is bogus. As far as I can tell this is just a stunt by the Guatemalan government that the international press fell for hook, line, and sinker.