Desperation drives poor Guatemalans to migrate north

Ana Jorge Jorge holding a nephew. She sees no future for her only surviving son in their Guatemalan village.CreditCreditDaniele Volpe for The New York Times

Ana Jorge Jorge holding a nephew. She sees no future for her only surviving son in their Guatemalan village.CreditCreditDaniele Volpe for The New York Times


From a New York Times piece written by Nicholas Kristof

NENTÓN, Guatemala — To understand why President Trump’s new sanctions and other flailing to end Central American immigration aren’t working, step into the dark, melancholy hovel of Ana Jorge Jorge.

She lives in Guatemala’s western highlands in the hillside village of Canquintic, near the town of Nentón, and she’s a widow because of the American dream.

Her husband, Mateo Gómez Tadeo, borrowed thousands of dollars and migrated north to the United States several years ago after his crops here failed. He found work in Alabama cutting flowers but then caught an infection and died, leaving hungry children back home and a huge debt hanging over the family. Continue reading