As Border Crisis Continues, Violence in Central America Drives More Migrants to U.S.

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Salvadoran women take part in a rally in demand of justice for women killed in San Salvador on April 28, 2018. - Between January and April 24, 145 women were killed in El Salvador, 31 one more than last year in the same period of time. (Photo: Marvin Recinos)

The UN Refugee Agency reported last month that there were nearly 300,000 registered asylum seekers and refugees from the North of Central America at the end of 2017 -- a 58 per cent increase from a year earlier. The region in question, which includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is beset by violence associated with narcotics trafficking, official corruption, and gang proliferation, according to human rights groups. As the U.S. continues to carry out its "zero tolerance" policy at its southern border, we discuss what is driving migrants to flee their home countries.

Philip Bump,
national correspondent, Washington Post
Ioan Grillo, journalist based in Mexico City: author, "Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America"
Karen Musalo, professor of law and director of Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings