Jonathan Blitzer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and Mauricio Lima, a documentary photographer, traveled to the western highlands of the Guatemala to explore some of the causes driving historic levels of migration from the region. One area of interest was climate change; other factors were more cultural and economic, including the role of U.S.-based remittances and cycles of debt.
American-inspired houses in the country's western highlands are a daily reminder that opportunity lies elsewhere.
Borrowers are staking homes and property for a chance to reach the U.S.
In the western highlands of Guatemala, the question is no longer whether someone will leave but when.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cited granntees Jonathan Blitzer and Mauricio Lima's project on the link between climate change and Guatemalan migration as evidence at the House Committee on Oversight and Reform's hearing on climate change and national security.