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Exporting Mayhem Across the Border

U.S. deportations fuel regional homicide rates and gang violence
Exporting Mayhem Across the Border
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To secure U.S. borders and win Republican support for immigration reform, President Obama stepped up deportations of unauthorized immigrants, especially those with criminal records. Whether the border is now more “secure” is debatable.

For the nations of Central America, these policies have been a disaster. An influx of displaced deportees has fed crime and violence that were already out of control—spurring more El Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to seek safety in the U.S., which has led to more asylum requests and deportations.