The Missing Pieces in “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform

Moving the Dialogue from Border Security to Food and Livelihood Security We believe that including food security and development strategies as part of comprehensive immigration policy will reduce migration to the U.S. more effectively than border security alone does. An investment in sustainable, locally-driven food systems in Mexico and Latin America could not only improve community well-being but also mitigate migration north to the U.S. by addressing key root causes. WHAT IS FOOD SECURITY? The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, save, nutritious food to maintain a healthy, active life.” WHAT DOES FOOD SECURITY HAVE TO DO WITH MIGRATION? Evidence exists that many unauthorized immigrants come to the U.S. because at home they cannot feed their families. A study in 2008 by Catholic Relief Services in Central America found that lack of sufficient food was one of the main causes of migration and the majority of families are purchasing food with the money they receive in remittances (money sent home from family members working in the U.S.). 1 KEY FINDINGS AMONG FAMILIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA: 52.9% of households reported lack of sufficient food. (82% in Nicaragua) 40% of… Continue reading

Let the Children Come unto Me

What has happened to our compassion? In this moment of monumental crisis, with thousands of Central American children at our border, we as a nation are called to reflect on our values. Aren’t we capable of dealing with a crisis in a compassionate manner while planning for a better future for our nation and theirs? Continue reading

SEAHEC Presents: A Common Sense Approach to Comprehensive Immigration Policy Reform

SEAHEC Executive Director Gail Emrick

SEAHEC presents:  “A Common Sense Approach to Comprehensive Immigration Policy Reform”

SEAHEC’s Executive Director, Gail Emrick, was born and raised in Arizona  and has spent most of her professional life in Central America and the US Mexico border region working on issues of social justice, including food security and health.  Upon her recent return to the US, she is frustrated by the shallow dialogue on immigration, which focuses primarily on border security and the wall.  So, when an opportunity from the UN World Food Program arose – an invitation to

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