Public Radio International has a biased article about a comic that’s been produced with a focus on what they only call “migrants” in Vermont, and the mental health challenges they face:
Imagine becoming a character in your favorite comic book. For Latino residents in Addison County, Vermont, seeing their stories illustrated in print has been key to tackling some of the mental health challenges of migration. Soon, their stories will be available for readers across the United States.
Vermont is the second least populated state in the US and more than 50% of its residents live in rural areas. The state is confronting a range of obstacles — a declining labor force, an aging population, and difficulty attracting young residents. But Latino migrants are increasingly stepping into roles that would otherwise remain unfilled.
There is ample opportunity for migrant workers willing to venture to the far reaches of the Northeast, particularly in the agriculture, dairy and construction sectors. But even for the heartiest locals, Vermont winters can be a challenge to endure.
Add to the mix not knowing the local language, little access to public transportation, and separation from home and it becomes a recipe for isolation, depression, substance abuse, and other mental hurdles for migrant farmworkers.
“People think that crossing the border is the hardest part, but the worst part is finding a way to survive after you arrive,” said Guadalupe, 43, a homemaker and cook who came to Vermont from Veracruz, Mexico.
Guadalupe is one of 18 contributors to “El viaje más caro” or “The Most Costly Journey” — a project to create a comic-based set of stories that spotlight the experiences of Latino migrants in Vermont. She and her co-storytellers use pseudonyms to protect their identities in the midst of an increase of immigration raids and apprehensions in the area.
The comic book project was sparked by Julia Doucet, an outreach nurse at the Vermont-based Open Door Clinic. While seeing patients at the clinic and in the field, Doucet noticed that the Latino migrant community she serves was dealing with an epidemic of failing mental health.
The article doesn’t seem to dwell on whether these migrants, as they refer to them in classic PC fashion, have any legal permits for entering the country, nor do they get into whether the workers learned English or why they’re even making these grueling journeys to someplace where they can’t even fit in properly, or why the governments of the foreign countries they’ve come from aren’t being pushed to make improvements so their sojourns won’t have to be based on feeling uncomfortable with local situations. Nor does this article get into the issue of serious crimes committed by interlopers, Vermont included. No queries are even raised as to why locals haven’t been encouraged to bear more children who could grow up to take the roles these “migrants” are taking in their stead.
It’s galling how the art form’s exploited for propaganda advancing illegal activities, and news companies like PRI make it worse with their sugarcoating.
Originally published here.
Originally published here.