A Wall, Caravans, Bananas & Tom Cruise?

Updated: Aug 13


Walls work. They separate and they protect. However, American foreign policy is not built with brick and mortar for a wall plowing through family ranches, chapels, and butterfly sanctuaries. Caravans also work. They provide civilians (and troops) safety and protection on dangerous journeys. Yet, Central American caravans are emblematic of failed domestic policies in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Crafting meaningful, sustainable solutions requires a willingness truly to understand historical root causes of migration, to hold governments accountable, and to move forward based on broadly-shared American values.

A Similar Past

Salvadorians, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Americans share a similar past. We all began as subjects of European monarchs who established colonias by either marginalizing -- or initiating the genocide of -- indigenous peoples. We also were taxed and regulated by our respective kings to the point of revolution, 1776 in English colonies and 1823 in Spanish colonies.