Migrants Head To U.S. To Flee Poverty, Violence, Disasters And More, Survey Shows

EL PASO – Poverty, food insecurity, gang violence, and weather-related disasters are root causes for continued mass migration to the United States, a trend now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Monday by Hope Border Institute.

Further, the migration is not expected to slow down anytime soon, and may in fact, keep rising as conditions worsen throughout Latin America, particularly in Central America and Mexico, which surprisingly, showed a dramatic increase of “internally displaced” Mexican migrants due to violence that’s pushing people out of key states like Michoacan, Guerrero and Guanajuato.

EL PASO – Poverty, food insecurity, gang violence, and weather-related disasters are root causes for continued mass migration to the United States, a trend now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Monday by Hope Border Institute.

Further, the migration is not expected to slow down anytime soon, and may in fact, keep rising as conditions worsen throughout Latin America, particularly in Central America and Mexico, which surprisingly, showed a dramatic increase of “internally displaced” Mexican migrants due to violence that’s pushing people out of key states like Michoacan, Guerrero and Guanajuato.

“I think the Biden administration needs to understand that deterrence is not a solution,” said Hannah Hollandbyrd, author of the report and policy specialist at the Hope Border Institute, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of migrants and asylum seekers. “And root causes will require a big investment of effort, but it’s not compatible with a deterrent approach. We need a coherent migration policy approach that focuses on why people are leaving rather than criminalizing them once they’ve already taken that step.”

While in recent years, attention has been focused mostly migration from Central America, Mexicans fleeing violence has often been overlooked, Hollandbyrd said.

By Alfredo Corchado for THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
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