Majority World: August 2007 Archives
(a picture of Central American migrants I took in Arriaga, Mexico)
Everyone has heard the stories of migrants crossing the desert to get into the U.S. For people that favor including them in the U.S.'s history of immigration, these are the modern day pilgrims. They brave thirst and heat for an "American Mirage."
This is a false narrative. Unfortunately, what most migrants go through is much worse than a simple trek through the desert to flee poverty. The narratives begin long before that, lost in the untold stories of migrants that didn't make it.
(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.