ckaihatsu wrote:Okay, I hear you, Tainari. Just remembered it so I thought I'd post it.
Your description, though, *does* correlate to the description of the situation from the WSWS article -- more refugees from Central America are having to remain in Mexico.
Worse is that Trump has *killed* several immigrants, both adults and children, by interning them in those detention centers in the U.S.
Thanks for the feedback, take care.
Chris, you have to see that Central America is in crisis. It has economic problems, crime problems, violence problems and incompetent governments. So they flee to get to stability. Guatemala is to the South of Chiapas state the southern most Mexican state that shares ethnic Mayan communities on both sides of the border. That border is porous and easy to penetrate. The Guatemalan Mayan communities there have large amounts of relatives making money in states like Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, etc because they go with the crops and picking the crops that are seasonal. They think they can get stable jobs in the USA that guarantee USA federal minimum wages that for them is a fortune. So they seek some kind of ability to enter the USA for that. They also run from criminal gangs, corrupt law enforcement and drug gangs dedicated to recruiting their sons and daughters for either being their foot soldiers or human traffickers. It is horrific.
The reality is that they need to change the economy in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, very few Nicaraguans are making the journey because Nicaragua is growing economically and has stabilized with a steady government for years. It used to be a basket case in the early 1980's but no longer has instability. So the Nicaraguans are staying put.
My mother did a literacy campaign there long ago....if you get literate people, stable government and economic improvements and investments over time in the country? You get stability and eventually no one leaves for the USA. The USA should be investing in humanitarian, education, health and housing programs for all of Central America. They don't. They want to suck our blood and let us die or starve without an alternative in order to give in to a bunch of corporations and banks and American geopolitical interests in the region. They are vampires the USA gov't is a vampire. So? What is the choice for the ones fleeing this shit?
I tell them all the time...stay in Mexico. Don't leave. Get a job. Get your permanent refugee status. Send your kids to free public schools in Mexico. They want the higher paying wages in the USA...not the $2 dollars an hour they get in Mexico....I tell them, Ït is either that or being arrested having your kid caged in a cold detention center, having a criminal record and never being able to enter the USA legally to see your family members again and risking your life for an existence that is not good. The USA's economy doesn't have plentiful jobs anymore for unskilled, low educational achievement people with zero English, and the Native American people there have died trying to defend their rights to no avail. It is not paradise. Whatever you have heard about easy living is a fiction. You need to stabilize your own nations, stay in Mexico and give your kids stability in Mexico. The Mexicans are stuck with $2 dollars an hour wages as well. Welcome to the reason why no one is making money. You need to change that circumstances. People in the USA who are citizens of the USA can't make end's meet either on their minimum wage jobs as well. It is time to face and confront the rich and powerful. And each nation's lower class workers need to make it a priority."
They are very very intelligent people @ckaihatsu and they understand but no one explains the USA at all to people. I am working on a project for immigrants. I am going to create along with my husband an Immigration Kit for people who leave nations with totally different cultures, economies, languages and circumstances and professions to enter into nations from the first world and from a totally different set of circumstances.
They need to be prepared with great information before realizing what all this change from one reality and world to another is about and consists of....Americans also are ignorant of what conditions are like in Africa, Latin America, part of Asia and even Middle East, Europe versus some commercial zombie suburb in the USA. It is a profound lack of understanding. As a cultural anthropologist for years I see a need for something timely and appropriate. The Immigrant Kit is that project.