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Violent crime and corruption play a significant role in explaining the current migration wave from Central America. But where does all of this come from? Today’s refugee wave is a direct consequence of past U.S. interference in Latin America’s political and economic development.

Trump sees Latin America as the center of much of the evil that beseeches the contemporary United States. His disgraceful and race-baiting comments about “rapists,” etc., warrant no repetition. But it is interesting to note what goes unrecognized in the current U.S. debate about immigration from Central and South America. It is instrumental to ask why these countries are so broken politically, economically and socially.

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