Immigration & Refugees
For too long, the immigration debate has revolved around border walls, deportations and domestic policies that are not only cruel and ineffective but also fail to recognize the root cause of migration.
In Latin America, free trade policies like CAFTA and NAFTA have failed to generate new jobs. At the same time, these policies make small farming obsolete and force people to migrate in search of work.
For example, the influx of subsidized grains from the U.S. to Mexico under NAFTA decimated at least two million farming jobs. Now, every hour Mexico imports $1.5 million worth of food. In that same hour, 30 Mexican farmers migrate to the U.S. looking for work.
Although U.S. economic policies force people to leave their homes in search of work domestic immigration policy treats immigrants as criminals and has entire communities living in fear.
The debate about comprehensive immigration reform must include discussions about the roots of migration and changing U.S. economic policy in Latin America. Therefore, in addition to supporting domestic immigration policy reform, Witness for Peace compels government decision-makers to block new free trade agreements and change the U.S. trade policies that contribute to migration.
Witness for Peace also brings delegates to Mexico and Nicaragua to research and understand the economic policies and corporate practices that drive people north. Local leaders from the U.S. visit sending communities and return to their homes equipped to improve immigrant relations and advocate for humane immigration policies.
Meanwhile, thousands of people have taken action with Witness for Peace’sMigrating Toward Justice campaign, calling for immigration rights and an end to the economic policies that drive migration. Witness for Peace-produced documentaries and campaign materials help delegates and other supporters publicly connect the dots between free trade and forced migration.
Latest Updates on Immigration & Refugees
- June 18 - June 27
- July 23 - July 30
“Forty days in the desert” describes Jesus at the start of his ministry and the Christian community during Lent. For me, henceforth, it will also bring to mind migrants who make a dangerous journey through Mexico to the United States. I learned on a tour...read more
by James Hutter, firstname.lastname@example.org(This blog entry is part of a series. Click these links for Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3)Our visit to San Francisco Tetlanohcan had been a powerful experience for many varied reasons. We saw first hand the effects that...read more
Cruzando fronteras: mi experiencia con los efectos de la política de comercio a través del punto de vista de migrantes en Teotitlán del Valle
Por: Adrienne CalottaCreo que mi viaje a México ocurrió en un momento ideal para mí. Desde mi vuelta a los Estados Unidos a finales de febrero, los medios de comunicación estadounidenses han cubierto mucho el tema de la migración. Se me viene a la mente...read more
by James Hutterjames.email@example.comA View of San Francisco Tetlanohcan, Tlaxcala, MXIt is, admittedly, difficult to imagine. Yet, picture a town with almost no adult or young men around. The streets seem busy, but you would have to struggle to find a single man in...read more
by James Hutterjames.firstname.lastname@example.orgWitness for Peace – Roots of Migration DelegationJames Hutter In July of 2013, I was privileged to be included on a Witness for Peace Delegation to Mexico to study the Roots of Migration. I use the...read more
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by Jessica del VillarI was recently given the opportunity to go on a Roots and Realities of Migration delegation to Oaxaca, Mexico with two organizations called Witness for Peace and Student Action with Farmworkers. The focus of this trip was, as the name implies, to...read more
por Jessica del Villar Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de ir a una delegación llamada Raíces y Realidades de Migración en Oaxaca, México con dos organizaciones llamadas Acción Permanente por la Paz y Acción Estudiantil con Trabajadores Agrícolas (SAF). El objetivo...read more
By Carlin Christy, WFP Mexico and Tony Macias former WFP Mexico Team MemberA new policy move by President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could halt the deportation of over 800,000 undocumented youth without providing a pathway to...read more
By Claudia RodriguezWitness for Peace's Mexico-based International TeamThe biggest news coming out of Mexico is the violence as a consequence of the warring drug trafficking organizations and the Mexican government attempting to dismantle them. The number of people...read more
By John Clark PeggWitness for Peace – Upper Midwest BoardAs we enter into the final phase of our Upper Midwest speaker tour, Nancy Garcia from Oaxaca and Moravia de la O from our WFP International Team, spent the past few days in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. They...read more