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This Holiday Season, I’m Standing With Migrants


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This Holiday Season, I’m Standing With Migrants

Kerri Kennedy

This holiday season — a time so often associated with bringing family together — my thoughts keep turning to the families in the migrant caravans making their way to the U.S. southern border.

I had the privilege of spending four days in Mexico last month with my organization, the American Friends Service Committee, to assess the needs of participants in the caravan and expand human rights monitoring.


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I’m standing with Mary and Joseph.

Human rights are the issue, not just the right humans, as Trump would say.


#4

And wouldn’t that be your bestest Christmas present ever, to see a 2 year old child ripped from it’s mother’s arms and torn to shreds by one of your dogs?

Seek professional help.


#5

Good word play.


#6

Thanks, I have a feeling that Trump and his brood will be paying dearly for their misdeeds.

Actually, it’s more than a feeling…


#7

Dynamic


#8

I don’t envy Cohen. After three years in the army I saw parts of my town that were unrecognizable. It took a while to learn to navigate in my own home town. Felt like a stranger.


#9

Oh My Goodness! I want a copy of that picture!!


#10

And who was in charge of Egypt? Why, the very same people who were in charge of Israel, the Roman Empire. It is more like they fled Puerto Rica for Florida. And they did not start collecting welfare, remember the high priced ointments and gold? And after a few years they went back.


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I believe it is important to be compassionate in responding to the migrant caravan.

It is also important to be informed. Long before the causes of the northward migration from the northern triangle became a political football, the World Food Program and others were reporting that most of the migrants said in interviews that they are victims of food and economic insecurity due to drought. They could not feed their families anymore. In 2017, the World Food Program wrote that their report (Food Security and Emigration: Why people flee and the impact on family members left behind in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) “shows the need to invest in long-term programmes to discourage people in the Dry Corridor from emigrating, and to reduce the risks for emigrants and the impact on the families left behind.” This article links to the report:

https://www.wfp.org/news/news-release/new-study-examines-links-between-emigration-and-food-insecurity-dry-corridor-el-sa

The “dry corridor” is a region that runs through the northern triangle that has repeatedly experienced drought conditions. On page 31 of that report is graph showing the inverse relationship between yearly precipitation and migration: the less rain, the more migration. When they refer to “families left behind” they mean that mostly its the men who migrate, and they leave families behind, sometimes worse off.


#12

I like word play too.

How about this:

Trump’s Wall en-graved with the words (since it’s almost Christmas): "No Room At The Inn."