265. Dionisio Gutiérrez: Migration, the wound that never heals

September 26, 2023
265. Dionisio Gutiérrez: 30 años sin papeles

Editorial of the Razón de Estado program number 265


Pablo has lived in a northern city in the US for over 30 years. He still doesn't have papers. He has worked wherever he's been given the opportunity. He wasn't always paid, as they take advantage of his "undocumented" status. He left his family in a city in South America and hasn't seen them since. However, every month he sends them that little bit of money that increasingly sustains countries that are not functioning.

Migration out of necessity must be one of the wounds that never heal. There are millions of human beings, like Pablo, who wake up every day missing their families, fearing deportation, and facing the threat of their human rights being violated.

It is sad and offensive that the main cause of migration is the irresponsible, selfish, and criminal behavior of those who dare to govern countries to steal, to destroy, to satisfy sick personal ambitions for power.

Many Presidents, mayors, lawmakers; incapable, corrupt individuals, and even drug traffickers; and dishonest prosecutors and judges serving authoritarian and criminal agendas are the ones responsible for the Latin American tragedy, which is painfully expressed in the abandonment of the land where those fleeing to survive were born.

Mafia governments, treacherous justice systems, city administrations in the service of drug trafficking, and congresses subservient to corruption are the common denominator causing the inexcusable failure of what should be the wealthiest and most prosperous region on the planet.

Indifferent elites locked in their bubbles and citizens who have distanced themselves from politics because they stopped believing in democracy, the law, and the institutions that give them life, through omission, have a degree of responsibility they must reclaim.

Democracy, the republic, the rule of law, and freedom are those values that are often talked about but practiced little in today's world.

If Pablo embraces the hope of someday returning home, to his family, to his country, it's because he hopes that citizens, and especially the elites, will rescue politics, free democracy's institutions from crime and corruption, and restore to the State the certainty, honor, and prestige that only the values of freedom can offer.