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CentAm Curator - La crisis migratoria

Dear readers, I hope you are doing well! These past two weeks, my Twitter feed has been rife with sto
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CentAm Curator - La crisis migratoria
By Central American News • Issue #4 • View online
Dear readers,
I hope you are doing well!
These past two weeks, my Twitter feed has been rife with stories of abused Central American children in U.S. detention centers as well as parents who were pressured to self-deport. The migration crisis continues.
But, I ask myself, to what extent is the migration crisis, in fact, a… crisis?
Migration in itself is a neutral and natural fact: people have always moved from one region to another for all kinds of reasons.
Yet how we perceive migration is man-made. Right now, the media, society and politicians frame the flow of people negatively. At best, the rhetoric is “the U.S. will never be able to cope with migrants”, and at worst, “criminals are infesting the border.”
Let’s push this further. Even if we agree that migration can become problematic, is migration itself the problem? To be more accurate with what’s going on in the U.S., we should talk instead about a political, humanitarian, logistic, identity or even a foreign policy crisis.
Now that a growing number of Nicaraguans are fleeing their country, let’s ask the right questions from the start.
Any thoughts on this?
I wish you a great weekend, salú.

Headlines
Central America: Mexico and North Triangle gov'ts launch campaign to dissuade migration to U.S. // Isthmus calls for help to deal with drought
Nicaragua: University of Central America (UCA) suspends classes due to insufficient funds from the gov’t // Inter-American Commission on Human Rights counts 317 assassinations // U.S. sides with protesters and anti-Ortega Sandinistas // UNHCR steps in to help refugees, 23,000 are in Costa Rica // The Organization of American States creates working group to help establish dialogue // ICE maintains partnership with Nicaragua to facilitate deportations of Nicaraguan immigrants
El Salvador: Bukele is officially presidential candidate for GANA // Jaguar, the recently created elite police unit, is being “purged” from some of its policemen // China reportedly tried to sell weapons to El Salvador
Honduras: OAS’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights visits Honduras to check on human rights // “Month of Irregular Migration Prevention” starts
Guatemala: Q'eqchi community campaigns against murders and criminalization of their leaders // Supreme Court wants to investigate Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, for possible mingling with Supreme Court processes
Costa Rica: Judge Doris Arias retired while under investigation for alleged influence peddling // Chinese community protests against violence targeted towards them
U.S.: Trump threatens to shut down gov’t if it doesn’t receive money for southern wall // Congress members ask Trump to reconsider TPS cancellation for 2,500 Nicaraguans // Multiple reports of abused and misinformed Central American migrant families
Good reads
📰 For The Guardian, Cady Voge interviews a Salvadoran family separated at the border in 2017. She shows the long-term traumatic effects of family separation on a father-son bond.
📰 Jeff Abbott reports on the surge of murders of Guatemalan campesinos ahead of 2019 general elections for Truthout.
📰 Maya Averbuch goes through the history of Mexico’s asylum policies and how Mexico is (trying to) handle Central American migration today for Foreign Policy.
🔊 Dan Crenshaw argues that more U.S. investment in Mexico’s security and its southern border is the way to go to stop Central American migration at its “source”. On National Review.
🔊 Michelle García starts series on the US-Mexico border for Baffler. Insightful read for a historical and racial perspective.
For eyes and ears
📷 Gallery of photos of El Salvador’s Fiestas Agostinas (by AFP)
🎥 Vox and ProPublica team up for a short video on MS-13 which puts into perspective the “threat” of the gang in the U.S.
History
Back in the 19th Century, Central American elites were trying hard to attract Western white migrants to their countryside, but it was a flop. Not many settlers came, and those who did either refused to farm, went back home, or died.
Photo of the week
Doña Francisca Ramírez, a Nicaraguan campesino rights activist, hugs Bishop Silvio Baéz during march of support to Catholic Church on Saturday, July 28, in Managua, Nicaragua.
Doña Francisca Ramírez, a Nicaraguan campesino rights activist, hugs Bishop Silvio Baéz during march of support to Catholic Church on Saturday, July 28, in Managua, Nicaragua.
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