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 The Missing Pieces in “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform Continue reading