In the current conversation about the crisis at the U.S./Mexico border, we should not ignore our role in bringing people to our southern border.
Much has been said about the violence and economic conditions in Central America. Much has been said in praise of opportunity in the United States. Not much is being said about how we individual U.S. citizens spend our money. What we’re willing to pay for things like food and clothing is a blind spot in our distress over the border that may have a direct tie to the crisis.
Guatemala currently is “the single largest source of migrants attempting to enter the United States,” according to a June 11 article in The Washington Post. Coffee prices are named as a leading culprit. The price of coffee is falling, leaving coffee farmers unable to recoup their costs and pay their bills.