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Virus fear turns deportees into pariahs at home in Guatemala
The Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2020 | By SONIA PREZ D

Posted on 05/04/2020 7:37:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

GUATEMALA CITY - Migrants returning from the United States were once considered heroes in Guatemala, where the money they send back to their hometowns is a mainstay of the economy.

But since the coronavirus pandemic hit, migrants in town after town have been mistreated, run off or threatened by neighbors who fear they will bring the virus back with them from the United States.

Vanessa Díaz said her mother heard rumors that neighbors were organizing to keep her from reaching her home in the northern province of Petén after she was deported back to Guatemala on a flight from the United States.

Díaz had to run inside with her 7-year-old son and hide when she arrived.

“When we arrived my mother said, ‘Get out of the car and run into the house.’ She was afraid they were going to do something to us,” Díaz recalled.

The fear hasn’t subsided; Díaz’s mother must shop for food for them all, because her daughter doesn’t dare venture out. The mother has filed a complaint with police, because she’s afraid neighbors might yet attack the house.

“I am afraid. The police came to the house and left their phone number, so we can call them” if there’s any trouble, Diaz said. But reason and the threat of legal action appear to mean little. “I have a document that says I do not have the disease,” Díaz said, referring to a letter given to her by the Public Health Ministry when she was sent home to self-quarantine.

Díaz left Guatemala on Feb. 14 and was caught entering the U.S. two weeks later. She and her son spent more than a month in detention in Texas before they were deported.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: border; illegalaliens; invasion; pandemic

Deported Guatemalan Vanessa Diaz, 28, looks toward her family as she picks up the food they brought her, at the site where Guatemalans returned from the U.S. are being held in quarantine for two weeks near the airport in Guatemala City, Friday, April 17, 2020. After Diaz was free to go home after testing negative for COVID-19, her mother heard rumors that neighbors were organizing to keep her from reaching her home in the northern province of Petén, and she doesn’t dare venture out. The mother has filed a complaint with police, because she’s afraid neighbors might yet attack the house.

1 posted on 05/04/2020 7:37:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

xenophobes


2 posted on 05/04/2020 7:41:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- “First thing I’d do is repeal those Trump tax cuts.” (May 4th, 2019))
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So now they have a new excuse to claim asylum and suckle off the U.S. taxpayer teat. What’s not to like about that?


3 posted on 05/04/2020 7:41:14 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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>>Vanessa Díaz said her mother heard rumors that neighbors were organizing to keep her from reaching her home in the northern province of Petén after she was deported back to Guatemala on a flight from the United States.

Guatemalans against open borders


4 posted on 05/04/2020 7:42:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- “First thing I’d do is repeal those Trump tax cuts.” (May 4th, 2019))
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#BrokenFamiliesLivesMatter


5 posted on 05/04/2020 7:42:50 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- “First thing I’d do is repeal those Trump tax cuts.” (May 4th, 2019))
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How raciss of Guatemala.


6 posted on 05/04/2020 7:42:53 AM PDT by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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Gosh let me think. Do I care that a person who thought it was ok to break our laws is getting rough treatment.
Let me think hmmmmm
NOPE not for a second


7 posted on 05/04/2020 7:42:53 AM PDT by RWGinger (Does anyone else really)
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Deport them ALL.

ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS, no exceptions.


8 posted on 05/04/2020 7:48:35 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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No s***s given.
The welfugees can stay home.


9 posted on 05/04/2020 7:55:20 AM PDT by Mr. Rabbit
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Don’t care!


10 posted on 05/04/2020 8:24:31 AM PDT by Reily
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Should have never left ……..


11 posted on 05/04/2020 8:26:22 AM PDT by njslim
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Not our problem.


12 posted on 05/04/2020 8:28:40 AM PDT by WWG1WWA ( Remove the SCRIPT you downloaded on me, right here on FR, early in the morning.)
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The solution is simple. Deport the rest of these criminals, and they can quarantine together at home as AP accurately describes their location.
13 posted on 05/04/2020 8:40:57 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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All cultures are not equal. That’s why we don’t need to import people from these kinds of cultures.


14 posted on 05/04/2020 9:42:58 AM PDT by RealVirginia
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