The politics of migration from Central America on Tuesday’s Access Utah

According to the Migration Policy Institute: “Over the decades, several million Central American migrants have sought opportunity, refuge and stability in the United States, driven by a mixture of factors including struggling economies, violence. , corrupt governments and the desire to reunite with loved ones. who emigrated earlier or to find employment to support their families. While media attention has focused in recent years on the arrival of unaccompanied minors and families, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the lion’s share of the 3.8 million immigrants from Central America to the United States in 2019 have been in the country for at least a decade.

Today we are going to talk with the professor from Pitzer College Suyapa Portillo and professor at DePaul University Ester Trujillo on the root causes of immigration from Central America, the dangerous journey of immigrants and the integration of immigrants in the United States.

Suyapa G. Portillo Villeda is Associate Professor of Chicana / Latino / O Transnational Studies at Pitzer College and a member of the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano / a Latino / a Studies at Claremont Colleges.

Ester Trujillo is an interdisciplinary specialist in the integration of Central American immigrants and chicana / o studies. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latin American Studies at DePaul University in Chicago.

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