HOW U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICA LED TO A BORDER CRISIS
Thousands of Central American refugees and migrants have been coming to the Mexico-U.S. border for almost 40 years – and in spring of 2018, the Trump administration enacted a “zero-tolerance” policy that led to the arrest of any and all refugees and migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States. The most controversial aspect of the policy’s enforcement was the forced separation of parents from their children. While much of the conversation has focused on Central Americans escaping violence, there hasn’t been much on why there’s so much violence in the region to begin with. The story? Almost 200 years of U.S. intervention.
Learn more here:
ProPublica. “Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoncXfYBAVI
Mic. “How the U.S Screwed Up Latin America, in 7 Classic Historical Cartoons.” https://mic.com/articles/92581/how-the-u-s-screwed-up-latin-america-in-7-classic-historical-cartoons#.MTXEBrvDV
Migration Policy Institute. “Central American Immigrants in the United States.” https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/central-american-immigrants-united-states
Presenter & Senior Producer: Sana Saeed
Edited by: Brian Joseph
Animations by: Debbie Schedivy
Produced by: Omar Duwaji, Jenn Cain
Shot by: Brian Joseph, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman
Executive Producer: Sarah Nasr
Music tracks courtesy of APM. Footage and images courtesy of Getty, Reuters, Al Jazeera Media Network.
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