Immigration is a conversation that does not just affect those living in the U.S. It is a constant on the minds of many people in Mexico and Central America, as well as around the world. I recently traveled to one of Mexico’s southern states, Oaxaca (wah-haw-kah), with group of women to learn about how Oaxacans are responding the factors that push people to migrate. I was so grateful for the chance to learn more about people’s stories from a different perspective and wanted to share three quick takeaways from the trip with you all.Read More
Guatemala is a poor, dangerous country that everyone wants to leave.
This is a story we often hear in the United States. It's one narrative people of all opinions and politics can agree on. One side feels pity and encourages us to welcome those arriving from its origins. Others point to this story as the reason people desperately want to be in the U.S. and why we must take extraordinary measures to keep them out.
But it is one story of Guatemala. And taken alone, it is a dangerous one - for U.S. citizens and Guatemalans alike.
The #1 question I am asked when discussing immigration is "What do we do?" In some ways, there's no easy answer to this question. But that's mostly because there's no single answer to this question.
Human migration and our outdated immigration system impact individuals and family on every level. And while that reality may feel overwhelming, it also means there is room for a wide variety of responses and support.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina for work. It was a 10-hour, overnight flight. This lengthy trip would’ve taxed me in any condition, but being pregnant did add another layer. At one point, I took off my shoes to relax and be more comfortable while trying to sleep. When the plane landed, I discovered my feet had swollen so much I could not put back on my shoes! I shuffled off the plane, embarrassed and sock-footed, to take my first steps in South America. Traveling while pregnant is not for the faint of heart.Read More