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Personal Stories Reveal Conditions Migrants To America Are Escaping

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Central American migrants face a difficult journey northward to the border of the United States.

Author Malcolm Garcia's latest collection of essays offers understanding of why so many are making the perilous trip to the U.S. southern border.

Vice President Kamala Harris was in Guatemala with a blunt-force message for would-be migrants to the United States: “Do not come.” The vice president's message is unlikely to stem the tide of immigrants. Garcia sheds light on why with stories about the horrors of day-to-day life for some people living in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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