‘My maize field didn’t produce a thing…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) There is a new theory being peddled about the cause of the Central American migrant caravan heading for the U.S. southern border: climate change.
According to Robert Albro, a researcher at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, the media’s focus on crime and corruption in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is all wrong.
“The focus on violence is eclipsing the big picture—which is that people are saying they are moving because of some version of food insecurity,” Albro told The Guardian newspaper.
“The main reason people are moving is because they don’t have anything to eat. This has a strong link to climate change—we are seeing tremendous climate instability that is radically changing food security in the region,” he said.
The theory also asserts that as global warming increases in coming decades, many more so-called migrant caravans will trek to the U.S. border, with travelers seeking to make dubious asylum claims or illegally enter the United States.
The migrants themselves don’t mention climate change as a reason for joining up with the migrant caravans—of which there are now three en route to the U.S.—because “the concept is so abstract and long-term,” Albro asserted.
The first of three caravans includes an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people and is currently making its way north through Mexico.
The Guardian article added sympathetic quotes from a migrant, who presumably followed weather and farming-related leading questions.
“My maize field didn’t produce a thing. With my expenses, everything we invested, we didn’t have any earnings. There was no harvest,” said Jesús Canan.
Farmers have always faced harvest risks, but only recently are adverse consequences being tied to global warming—and illegal immigration.