Guatemala Takes A Hit As Young Citizens Make A Run For The Border

While we in the United States are watching the “migrant caravans” traveling north with the promise of the American dream doing the driving, the countries in South America are steadily losing their future. According to new figures, Guatemala, for example, is looking at losing a full percentage point of their population, most of whom are young.

Roughly one percent of Guatemala’s population has migrated to the United States’ border since September 2018, according to the Department of Homeland Security. That adds up to roughly 170,000 migrants, and roughly one-third of those migrants come from the neighboring rural districts of Huehuetenango and San Marcos….

“Entire communities are losing their children — and their future — to migration,” said a report from the non-profit Pulitzer Center. The report delicately dances around the reality that progressive Democrats and judges offer the catch-and-release loopholes to the migrants who bring their children.

And according to these same reports, news of the perils of the trip, and how the border is being handled by American officials is not a deterrent to the people left behind.

The result of this U.S. government policies is that many villages are with empty homes, fatherless families, absent men, and minimal investment. The Wall Street Journal reported:

COLOTENANGO, Guatemala—Gloria Velásquez is used to saying goodbye. Four of her six siblings have migrated to the U.S. and she, too, is thinking about heading north with her 9-year-old daughter.

Ms. Velásquez said her four siblings in the U.S. are encouraging her to join them. Her daughter Helen Ixchel likes to teach language and mathematics to fellow children. She wants to learn English and become a teacher.

“I’m a bit scared [about going to the U.S.] after hearing all the news about the suffering of migrants at the border. But it’s my daughter’s greatest dream,” Ms. Velásquez said.

And dreams are what is being sold to the people who are determined to make the journey north no matter what the consequences are for all of the nations involved.

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