Guatemala’s economy relies heavily on remittances sent home from the United States by migrants, which, according to economists, reached $ 8 billion last year. The impact of these remittances is evident in Mayan communities in the western part of the country that have been marginalized and ignored, triggering mass migration to the north in recent decades. However, with the tightening of immigration policy under President Trump, many fear the loss of their livelihoods in the north. Maria Martin joins us from a Mayan community in Guatemala.
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