Refugees at our southern border and Trump's Wall are the focus of attention and controversy. There's plenty of sympathy for refugees and opposition to the wall. But another side of the story remains largely untold. Why are there people traveling on foot hundreds of miles to seek asylum in the US? They are not greedy yuppies looking for a shortcut to a two-car garage and plasma screen TV. rather, their traditional way of life has been undermined by US policies. We are the elephant in the world economy, and they are victims of our sanctions and austerity.
Last month, US Congress imposed crushing sanctions on the legitimate, democratic government of Nicaragua and its people. This was a throwback to Cold War era paranoia, punishing an already-impoverished people and creating refugees whom Trump will treat as though they were an invading army.