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.