July 14, 2014

Guatemalans Aren't Just Fleeing Gangs

Saul Elbein, The New Republic

The Associated Press

As Central Americans have begun streaming across our border seeking asylum, I've followed press accounts with an increasing sense of queasiness. There are, in the opinion pieces, two main schools: that the immigrants are fleeing horrible gang violence, and should be allowed to stay; or that they're economic migrants manipulating our asylum system and should be made to leave.

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TAGGED: Guatemala, United States, Immigration, Central America, Rule Of Law


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