Adam Goodman In recent years, hundreds of thousands of Central Americans have sought asylum in the United States. Most of them are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, the three countries that compose the Northern Triangle, one of the most violent regions in the world. Rather than providing Central Americans humanitarian assistance or a place of refuge, the United States—ﬁrst under Barack Obama and now under Donald J. Trump—increased its detention capacity and expedited deportations. In ﬁscal year 2014 alone, U.S. Border Patrol ofﬁcers apprehended more than 237,000 people from the Northern Triangle, including nearly 52,000 unaccompanied children and over 61,000 people who arrived with their families. They also removed more than 121,000 Salvadorans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans, 70 percent of whom the government clas- siﬁed as “non-criminals.” The following year, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended half as many people from the Northern Triangle, leading some people to declare that the “surge” had ended. In reality, however, the decline in apprehensions was a product of the U.S. government’s outsourcing to Mexico the deportation of Central American asylum seekers. From 2014 to 2015, the number of people Mexico deported to the Northern Triangle shot up from 91,000 to more than 165,000,
Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Jan 24, 2018
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