Coffee Migrants Causing Current U.S. Migration Crisis Over Falling Guatemalan Coffee Prices; No U.S. Protections for Economic Asylum Seekers

  • America’s current migration crisis is driven by economics and not immigrants’ fear of violence, abuse or persecution in their home countries, according to a “Washington Post” report.
  • “The Post” said: “In western Guatemala, cultivating coffee was once a way out of poverty. As prices fall, growers are abandoning their farms for the United States.”
  • The report said Guatemala has the largest amount of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. due to “the falling price of coffee, from $2.20 per pound in 2015 to a low this year of 86 cents — about a 60 percent drop.”
  • Guatemala’s declining coffee prices are due to “rising production in Brazil, Vietnam, and other developing countries, where production levels and efficiency are being boosted by labor-saving machinery.”
  • Guatemalan coffee workers don’t have the machinery, so aren’t able to produce as much coffee as other countries.
  • According to reports, “Guatemala quietly ignored the legal reality the migrants are illegal immigrants because U.S. asylum law protects people fleeing persecution — not people fleeing a disastrous drop in coffee prices.”
  • There’s an exclusion of migrants seeking asylum for economic reasons to protect American workers against wage-cutting.
  • One immigration observer said: “A drop in the price of coffee does not make you a refugee. It’s economic migration fueled by people who think there’s more money to be made here.”
  • “The Post” also cited “examples of migrants using their young children to trigger the establishment’s catch-and-release loopholes to get themselves into U.S. jobs.”
  • However, Democrats believe the migration issue is a humanitarian crisis, and the U.S. is obligated to take in asylum seekers.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein said: “These vulnerable parents and children have experienced violence, abuse, and poverty in their home countries, particularly the Central American countries, before they begin the arduous journey north.”
  • Reportedly, the U.S. “prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.”

Reference Links

  • Breitbart: Washington Post: Migration Crisis Is Driven by Economics, Not Crime READ
  • The Seattle Times: Falling coffee prices driving Guatemalan migration to the United States READ
  • Bloomberg: Trump Warns Mexico of ‘Tougher Phase’ If Migration Continues READ

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