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The U.S. and Mexican government’s prioritization of border security over human security has had dire consequences. In the summer of 2016, 70,000 Central Americans arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking refuge from the life-threatening conditions they faced in their home countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. In response, the U.S. government devised the Southern Border Plan to stop migrants and asylum-seekers in Mexico before they reach the United States. There are two border crossings directly outside of Tapachula—both are notoriously dangerous to cross. The cartels control the area but nothing will stop them.

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