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WashPost: Anti-Migration Schools Train Youths . . . to Migrate

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A Guatemalan migrant is taken into custody by police on January 28, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 21 April 2019 01:03 PM

U.S. government funding is in danger for el Centro Quédate — the Stay Here Center — a school designed to help young Guatemalans become employable in their home country, but it might just be feeding the crisis, The Washington Post reported.

"Teenagers gain skills that ostensibly will help them find jobs here, instead of the United States," the Post reported. "They learn to cut hair and to fix computers. They sharpen their English so they can work in call centers or as tour guides.

"They get lectures on the dangers of migrating. A poster shows stick figures drowning in rivers, falling off trains and being held at gunpoint.

"What the students don't know is that they're subjects in a quiet experiment to deter migration."

Schools such as this are how the United States spends "hundreds of millions of dollars each year" to aid foreign countries – albeit just over $20,000 over the past two years going to The Stay Here Center – but students take the training to ultimately head to the U.S., according to the Post.

"The odds are stacked against us," The Stay Here Center English teacher Silvia Quintana told the Post. "Sometimes the kids just disappear."

President Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to those countries south of Mexico which are sending caravans of migrants to the U.S. border.

"We know everyone wants to leave this place," the school's director Marcos Ixtamer told the Post. "That's why we're here.

". . . The fact is, there's nothing to do here."

Students head to the school with hope, but often choose to leave and migrate anyway out of despair, according to the report.

"Right now, I'm between the two things: Can I make money cutting hair here? If not, I'm gone," Moises Ventura, 19, told the Post.

The fact the school teaches English directly aids migration instead of curbing it, per the Post.

"I always ask them why they want to learn English and what use do they have for it,” Quintana told the Post. "They say if I go to the United States, I would like to communicate."

Quintana recently asked, per the report: "Is there anyone here who would like to go to the States?"

Every hand went up, including the local mayor's son, according to the Post.

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U.S. government funding is in danger for el Centro Quédate - the Stay Here Center - a school designed to help young Guatemalans become employable in their home country, but it might just be feeding the crisis, The Washington Post reported."Teenagers gain skills that...
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