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Why Cheap Coffee Means More Migrants At The Border


If you’re reading or watching your morning news with a cup of coffee, you hold in your hand one of the main reasons a record number of migrants are risking their lives to get into the United States along our southern border.

Plummeting worldwide coffee prices likely are the last straw for thousands of poor coffee farmers in Central America. In Guatemala, for instance, farmers already had lost 60 to 80 percent of their maize and bean crops last year to drought, according to surveys contacted by our organization, Catholic Relief Services. Those are the staple crops families depend on for food.

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