Migrant murders conjure sympathy but few solutions

By Angelica Jimenez–

Migrants from Guatemala and other surrounding Latin American countries are making the arduous trek seeking work in the United States, but many are losing their lives at the hands of kidnappers, thieves and drug lords, according to a recent New York Times article.

The examples found in this story are only a small fraction of the unidentified victims who have little choice but to take the risk in hopes of a new life.  My paternal grandfather came to work in the United States through the bracero program in the 1940s.  The exchange program with Mexico allowed him to come into the country as a laborer.  From the tales of my grandfather, the conditions were deplorable, to put it mildly, but it’s nothing like what I’m learning of now.

The Mexican government has promised to develop new strategies to address this murderous rampage of gangs and kidnappers, but currently no concrete plan is being implemented.  Meanwhile, those who survive and make it into the United States to work are being deported and returning to poverty and violence.

As the political pundits mince words over the immigration debate, we are forgetting that real lives are at stake.

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