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Trump’s Immigration Policies Raise Concerns in Central America

LADB Article ID: 80226
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-03-02
By: George Rodríguez

US President Donald Trump kicked off his four-year term at the White House last month by implementing some of the most dreaded components of his government plan. Trump started by focusing on immigration, which he regards as an easy way for criminals from countries such as Mexico and specific Muslim nations to enter the US. His generalization has been repeatedly put to question by outraged immigrants as well as US citizens, and by human rights organization both in the US and abroad. On Jan. 25, just five days into the new job, Trump signed an executive order green-lighting the building of a long, allegedly migrant-proof wall along the 3,145-km US-Mexico border, a third of which is already marked by a 1,050-km metal fence put up in 1994. The anti-immigration orders have also deepened concern––voiced as early as the day Trump became president-elect––in Central America, particularly in the violence- and poverty-ridden Northern Triangle, which is made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras. Citizens of Northern Triangle countries make up the bulk of the northbound migrant flow from Central America. Advocates say the migration benefits both the US, by providing an often-exploited labor force, and their home countries, via the remittances the migrants send, mostly to relatives left behind.

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