U.S. complicit in the crisis facing Central America

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Opinion

May 2, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Children wait in line for a plate of food in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on Monday. Alejandro Tamayo/San Diego Union Tribune/TNS

News of a so-called “caravan” of migrants reaching the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday, seeking entry into this country, raised anti-immigration rhetoric to a fever pitch, adding urgency to the call to build a massive wall on the southern border.

But let’s take a step back from the wall. It is smarter policy and a much better use of our resources to address the root causes of this northward migration to help people remain in their communities, rather than clamor to join ours.

The fact is that the nations in what’s referred to as the Northern Triangle of Central America — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — are grappling with a set of economic and social problems that the U.S. played a role in making, and we have a huge stake in their future.

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