Neoliberalism’s impact on Central American migration


>>>SINCE THE FISCAL YEAR BEGAN, THE AGENCY HAS APPREHENDED FAMILY UNITS. THEY HAVE PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED SOME OF THE FACTORS LIKE VIOLENCE, CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE U.S. AND OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE, A CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST SHARED HOW AD HAVEN’T OF NEOREALISM –>>AND THEY ACTUALLY TRACE BACK TO POLICIES ENACTED IN THE 70ss AND 80s RR. AND SO THERE’S BEEN A SLOW BUILDING UP OF MIGRATION AND THESE ARE POLICIES THAT ACTUALLY TRACE TO NEOLIBERAL IDEAS OF TRADE LIBERALIZATION, PRIVATIZATION THAT HAS INCREASINGLY DISPLACED PEOPLE FROM RURAL LIVELIHOODS IN RURAL MEXICO. AND AT THE SAME TIME THE POLICIES HAVE CREATED A DEMAND FOR A SOURCE OF CHEAP SURPLUS LABOR. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION THAT WE’RE NOT THINKING OF IT AS NECESSARILY AN INDIVIDUAL DECISION TO SEARCH FOR A BLTER LIFE WHICH IS HOW IT’S OFTEN FRAMED. BUT INSTEAD THINKING OF IT AS NECESSARY STRATEGY FOR SURVIVAL REQUIRED BY OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY.>>THE GOVERNMENTS IN CENTRAL AMERICA ALLOWING THIS NEOLIBERALISM TO SURVIVE?>>BEING PART OF IT. DEREGULATION OOF MARKET, INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY NOW ON THE INDIVIDUAL FOR HIS OR HER OWN WELL BEING. PRIVATIZATION OF BASIC SERVICES. THEY ACTUALLY ARE PROVIDING DASH SOMETIMES THEY ARE PROVIDING WELFARE OR PROMISING CERTAIN ASSPKT ASPECTS THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PROVIDED BOO ITHISTATE.>>ANY INDICATION THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION MAY BE PERCEIVED TOUGHER STANCE FROM CENTRAL AMERICA IS SLOWING EFFORTS OR INTERATHIST FAMILIES TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES?>>I DONTS KNOW. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT U.S. GOVERNMENT IS NOT ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN CURBING MIGRATION. MOST AMERICANS ARE UNAWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE U.S. HAS A STANDING CONTRACT TO INSURE 30,000 BEDS ARE OCCUPIED IN IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS AVR DAY AND THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE SINCE 2007. SOIT PREDATES THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. I WILL ADD DURING OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY MORE THAN 4,000 INDIVIDUALS WERE APPREHENDED EACH YEAR AND THESE ARE PARENTS, PEOPLE APPREHENDED WHILE DRIVING THEIR CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL OR SEEKING MEDICAL CARE AT A HOSPITAL OR THEIR PLACE OF WORK AND THEY WERE SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. SO I DO WANT TO SORT OF DEEXCEPTIONALIZE TRUMP. AT THE SAME TIME THOUGH WE HAVE RACIALIZED REMOVAL PROGRAM IN THIS COUNTRY UNWHICH THE — SO THIS NEW APPROACH TO PREVENTING ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM ENTERING THE U.S. IS RACIALLY MOTIVATED. SO OUR COUNTRIES ALLOWS IMMIGRANTS JUST NOT NECESSARILY THOSE AREN’T WHITE. AND WROORB WE’VE SEEN THIS IN EFFECT AT ICE RAIDS LIKE FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS.>>ARE ANTHROPOLOGISTS LIKE YOURSELF YOURSELF LOOKING AT THIS THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS?>>PART OF THE WORK I DO IS TO UNDERSTAND THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF MIGRATION. WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE UPROOTED AND TO ATTEMPT TO BUILD A LIFE IN A NEW PLACE. WHILE ALSO LIVING IN PER PECHUAL FEAR AND ANXIETY ABOUT ONE’S FUTURE, ABOUT CONSTANT POLICING, AND SURVEILLANCE OF ONE’S LIFE. I THINK THERE ARE IMPORTANT LESSONS TO BE GLEENED FROM DOCUMENTING THE STORIES. BUT I BELIEVE WE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO DIVULGE THE DETAILS OF IMMIGRANTS SUFFERING ORRECOUNT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OF MIGRANTS EACH YEAR IN ORDERER TO SHOW THE WAYS THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE DESERVING. THEY DO HAVE LEGITIMACY IN THEIR CLAIMS FOR CLAIMS FOR SEEKING ASYLUM. I THINK WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES BY RECOGNIZING THE HUMANITY IN OTHERS AND TREATING THEM WITH DIGNITY.>>THANK YOU.

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