The number of people apprehended crossing the border from Mexico to the United States was higher in May 2019 than any other time since 2006. In previous years, most migrants who entered the United States from Mexico were single men, but during the summer of 2019, more than half of the migrants apprehended crossing the border were families and unaccompanied children. Most of these migrants fled violence in Central American countries and are asking for asylum in the United States. Thousands more asylum seekers are waiting in Mexico to cross into the United States at official border crossings. - Source: Facing History and Ourselves
Why are so many Central Americans seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border?
How does the asylum process in the work?
How has the Trump administration responded to the crisis at the border?
These are the questions we will explore through some readings, videos, discussions and a role play.