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Migrant Caravans Restart as Pandemic Deepens the Humanitarian Crisis at the Us-Mexico Border

Katrina Burgess writes about the dual crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict at the U.S./Mexico border.

Members of a U.S.-bound migrant migrant caravan from Honduras have been detained in Guatemala and deported before they could reach Mexico. Though their journey was cut short, the formation of a new caravan reveals that – as in 2018 and 2019 – Central Americans are still fleeing violence, hunger and climate change en masse.

The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border also persists despite the coronavirus drawing media attention toward other matters. As a scholar of Mexican migration, I have watched the pandemic create new hardships for immigrants while giving the Trump administration leeway to impose further restrictions on the rights of migrants and asylum-seekers.

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