Root Causes of Central Americans’ Migration to the U.S.

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Political violence of the past–the legacy of U.S.-backed military dictatorships that sent waves of families seeking safety to the country the 1980s.–has morphed into narco violence today, sending new waves of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

Trump’s constant threats to close the southern border and cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have only sharpened the crisis as more and more people flee their countries in order to survive.

At the same time, the Trump administration has sought to deter and limit asylum seekers with inhumane policies and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Skylight’s new feature film “Borderland” will tell a powerful set of stories of “righteous persons” who are rejecting this fear, hostility and hate. We will feature people responsible for forging a new social movement through their acts of creative defiance.

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