Why Would Anyone Want to Leave Guatemala and Migrate to the U.S.?

10 July 2014

This week in Chiapas State of Mexico, Mexican and Guatemalan presidents agreed that Mexico will issue temporary “Border Worker and Regional Visitor cards to Guatemalan citizens” to facilitate migration through Mexico.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina meet 7 July 2014 in Chiapas State
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina meet 7 July 2014 in Chiapas State

Article in Spanish from El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/nacion-mexico/2014/penia-nieto-y-perez-molina-encabezaran-acto-en-chiapas-1021608.html

Article in English from DC Gazette: http://dcgazette.com/act-of-war-on-america-mexico-and-guatemala-sign-agreement-to-fast-track-invasion-of-u-s/

What’s behind this agreement to further exacerbate illegal immigration by Guatemalan citizens? Revenge. Pure and simple.

This story goes back to the early 80’s when Guatemala constructed the Chixoy Dam using World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank funds.

Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam
Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam

During development of this hydroelectric dam, 3,500 people were permanently displaced, 33 Mayan communities were destroyed and 445 Guatemalans who refused to leave were murdered by the Guatemalan government in what is known as Río Negro massacre.

The Guatemalan government has murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens
The Guatemalan government has murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens

“In 2010, following intense international pressure, the Guatemalan government agreed to pay reparations to those who survived the ordeal. These reparations included land grants, $154.5 million in monetary compensation, paved roads and construction of health centers and schools, along with smaller items.” – The Tico Times

As you can imagine, those agreed to reparations were never made. Subsequently, our government suspended all military aid to Guatemala. Now, the Guatemalan government is angry with us.

Guatemalan president at Jan. 29, 2014 press conference to protest U.S. withholding of military aid
Guatemalan president at Jan. 29, 2014 press conference to protest U.S. withholding of military aid

And so goes a continuing story of U.S. funded Central American Rulers: we give them money to help their people, but they stuff it into their pockets and the people be damned.

The people of all Central American countries are desperate people. They are desperate for just government, desperate for economic stability wherein they can raise and nurture their families and they all experience residual pain from the brutal murders of their loved ones at the hands of various ‘mandatarios’.

Mural on school wall commemorates children slaughtered by their government. In all there have been over 200,000 ‘desaparecidos’. Over 100,000 refugees fled to Mexico and over 1,000,000 have been displaced from their homes.

Perhaps this will better explain why Guatemalans will do whatever it takes to escape from their own country.

4 thoughts on “Why Would Anyone Want to Leave Guatemala and Migrate to the U.S.?

  1. I’ve been saying all along those kids could never trek from Guatemala by themselves, that Mexico must be involved in making this happen.

    1. The thing unspoken throughout all these frantic “immigration reform” worries, is the fact of remittances by immigrants to their loved ones back home.

      According to this credible blog, “Migrants send home three times more money than countries receive in development aid, says World Bank”

      http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2010/nov/10/migrants-send-money-home-aid

      Remittances are vital to the economic survival of Central American countries and to Mexico.

  2. I told you so.

    And you don’t hear anything from the administration calling out Mexico on this.

    Critics Slam Mexico-Guatemala Pact That Aims to Ease Migrants’ Trek

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/border-immigration-Mexico-Guatemala/2014/07/11/id/582230/

    From: Jack [mailto:txchl40@att.net] Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:37 AM To: ‘Rockwall Conservative’ Subject: RE: [New post] Why Would Anyone Want to Leave Guatemala and Migrate to the U.S.?

    I’ve been saying all along those kids could never trek from Guatemala by themselves, that Mexico must be involved in making this happen.

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