We are anthropologists who work with migrants and refugees, many of whom are fleeing for their lives. And we want to set the record straight.
We conduct research with migrants in Central America, Mexico, the U.S., and around the world; some of us have walked with migrant caravans. We have been working with these populations—our confidants, research partners, and friends—for several decades.
Migrants from Central America and Mexico have long faced systematic racism and discrimination from U.S. administrations, from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.
However, we find the Trump administration’s rhetoric about the current migrant caravan particularly dangerous and blatantly false. We want to correct five lies the administration has promoted about people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.
- There are not any “terrorists” on the caravan.
Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence have publicly stated that there are “Middle Easterners” and “terrorists”…
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