Please allow me to submit the following letter in response to Astrid Galvan’s May 30 article, “Migrants Dropped off at bus stations in Arizona.”
The Galvan piece deftly captures the distress and uncertainty that undocumented immigrants can expect to face when they experience the United States’ failing immigration process. Despite humanitarian efforts to attract attention to their often painful struggles, many immigrants face either wide-ranging apathy or hateful discrimination from the U.S. public. This article could be strengthened by emphasizing the fact that many of the instabilities forcing people to emigrate from their native countries stem directly from past U.S. involvement. More often than not, this took the form of unfounded military coups and debilitating economic pressures. Perhaps if U.S. citizens had more knowledge of the often cruel relationship present between the United States and Central America, they would be much more sympathetic to the immigrant cause and more likely to promote humanitarian immigration reforms.
Savannah Peery, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
In response to Houston Chronicle article “Migrants Dropped off at bus stations in Arizona.”
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