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Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, leave a temporary shelter early in the morning in Queretaro, Mexico, Nov. 11, 2018 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).)

The U.S. Contributed to Central America’s Migrant Crisis. It Must Help Fix It

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Late last week, the Trump administration declared in a proclamation that it would deny asylum applications to anyone who entered the country through illegal ports of entry, even though it has been clear for months that asylum-seekers are being denied access at official ports of entry. It was the latest attempt by the administration to discourage migrants, primarily from Central America, from coming to the United States.

In the recent pre-election fervor, President Donald Trump likened the caravan of Central Americans, which is slowly making its way north from Honduras and into southern Mexico, to an invasion. Yet the latest caravan was notable not for the number of migrants—roughly 1,500 Central Americans migrate north toward the U.S. daily—but the fact that they were traveling together. Migrants, who have been subjected to horrible abuses on the journey northward, have increasingly sought safety in numbers. ...

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