The Real Root Cause of Central American Migration

If the Biden administration is committed to aiding the region, it must first acknowledge the destructive role of U.S. interventionism.

Amelia Frank-Vitale and Lauren Heidbrink have written a viewpoint in In These Times about how ineffective ‘development’ aid from the US has continued to hinder rather than support local efforts to tackle poverty and corruption, as well as insecurity.

Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala are deploying 18,500 troops to stem migration from Central America to the United States as part of a deal the Biden administration announced April 12. In the words of the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, the agreement will ​“make it more difficult to make the journey.” It comes on the heels of the United States pledging $4 billion in development aid to address the ​“root causes” of this migration. 

This type of approach, which ties aid to securitization, has long enjoyed bipartisan support. It has also long failed to achieve the desired aim of reducing migration by reducing poverty. If President Joe Biden hopes to avoid replicating these failures, he must acknowledge that U.S. policy itself is one of those ​“root causes” of migration — and then adopt a fundamentally new approach to development aid. 

You can read the full piece here, The Real Root Cause of Central American Migration.

Categories: Corruption, Culture, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Impunity, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Migration, Military, Poverty

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