by James Hutter
Witness for Peace – Roots of Migration Delegation
In July of 2013, I was privileged to be included on a Witness for Peace Delegation to
The purpose of the Roots of Migration Delegation was to visit areas that were being directly influenced by migration, hear stories of why it was occurring, and to garner a better understanding of the extensive, mostly negative, impact of governmental policies on the lives of ordinary people. In some of the cases that we encountered, migrants were leaving the rural towns that they had been raised in and were traveling to the
for better opportunities. In other instances, people were desperately fleeing
civil war and bloodshed in the hopes of finding safety and security. United States
|Migrants riding on "La Bestia" ("The Beast"), |
where they not only face the dangers of
the train itself, but kidnappings,
rape, extortion, and violence.
Other stops on the Delegation exposed us to very distressing stories shared with us by those most impacted by migration: The fracturing of families... Incarcerations... Missing relatives presumed to be dead.
Yet, some areas were successfully fighting these detrimental policies using the same laws and concepts that had created many of these economic issues. They touted enterprise and self economic development as their weapons against migration from their city and potential exploitation by foreign corporations.
After traveling with the Delegation, my goal was to share some of the stories and encounters that I had experienced with whomever would listen. My only wish is that those who read these postings will take them into account when talking about and debating immigration or governmental policy.
|The debate around Comprehensive Immigration Reform continues.|