These numbers all reflect only recorded deaths. Hundreds more most likely have died alone, desperate, and anonymous, trying to escape the violence and poverty largely caused by the US economic domination and exploitation of their home countries.
AMLO, you rightly refused to attend the so-called “Summit of the Americas” last month in Los Angeles. You called out Biden for his anti-democratic decision to exclude several Latin American countries. In a few days, on July 12, you’ll be meeting one-on-one with Biden. You have an opportunity here to go beyond symbolism.
You can demand the cooperation needed to stop the flow of arms into México. You can demand an end to the racist Yanqui immigration policies that violate international law by refusing to accept and process refugee and asylum applications, a policy that forces pobres to risk death in the desert or in the tractor-trailers of greedy coyotes. The US must dismantle the Border of Death and work with México to replace it with a Border of Life.
And you can remind Biden that in the early 1900s millions of European immigrants could enter the US nearly without restriction, as are refugees from Ukraine today. Excluding non-white immigrants from Mexico and the Global South will always be anti-democratic. Aren’t we humans too, deserving of “human rights”?
Shut down La Frontera de Muerte and Open La Frontera de Vida!