Today we had testimonies of returned migrants to Guatemala. There was two man that shared their stories to us, which I personally could relate because my parents are also migrants. Both of them had similar stories such as both came to USA easily like around the 80’s and 90’s, but they were both deported to Guatemala after some years. They attempt to go a second time and it was harder and after some years they were deported again. Now they are in Guatemala working for a coffee company and they are not seeing coming back to the USA. Yes, it is true that the parts that their stories were different was the struggles that they face the four times they try to come to the USA, but the other side of this coin is that it was not their choice to come to the Norte, but living in poverty and the armies killing their own people makes the people in Guatemala migrate to another place such as the Norte for a better life.
The second part of the trip we watched a documentary of why people from Latin America came to the United States. The documentary showed the history of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Santo Domingo, and Cuba and how the U.S. involvement in those countries cause migration to there. The reoccurring theme in this film was how the U.S. helped the enemy in each country. The effect of the U.S. helping them was how the country got more weapons and even train the soldiers and brought some of the U.S. soldiers to helped them in the war. This is the main and only reason that people move from their own country and left. These people then where not accepted in the U.S., but also they could not go back to their countries because of the massacres and oppression that was happening. They usually consider themselves “ni te aqui, y ni te aya” (not from here, or there).
This was an overwhelming day for me, because I got reminded of the struggled that my parents had to go. I got to see a new perspective of immigration and how the word “illegal” and “alien” are unaccepted to call people, because if the US had not meted their business to every country to make it cheap for their companies to profit at the expense of people shredding blood from their own kind is not right. These people that migrated, sacrificed memorable moments with family and going through an unbelieved hell that we can not image. Also they are brave and it is sad to hear how they must fear there own country and feel unappreciated in the united states.