Burning Issues: Understanding The Children Fleeing To The U.S.

The wave of Latin American children seeking entry into the United States that started a couple of years ago sparked a strong anti-immigrant reaction among conservative politicians and amplified the calls by the leading 2016 presidential candidates to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border. Left little discussed were the reasons why these children were seeking entry into the U.S. to begin with.

In this Burning Issues video, Adriana Bertrán of the Washington Office on Latin America explains the tragic causes of that immigrant wave, and then looks at how the presidential candidates are speaking to those causes.

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