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A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in the Countries of Origin of Central American Asylum Seekers

 

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Despite the repressed memory of U.S. intervention in Central America, it’s time to insist that accepting Central American refugees is not just a matter of morality or American benevolence (but) … a matter of reparations.

‪Mark Tseng-Putterman‬, Medium

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https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/0*wW5fDgvDHgkua117Anti-war marchers cross the Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., on their way to the Pentagon for a rally to protest U.S. military involvement in El Salvador, on May 3, 1981. Ira Schwarz / AP

June 20, 2018 | A national spotlight now shines on the U.S.-Mexico border, where heartbreaking images of Central American children being separated from their parents and held in cages depict the enforcement of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance policy,” on unauthorized entry to the country, announced in May 2018. Under intense international scrutiny, Trump has now signed an executive order seeking to keep families detained at the border together, though it is unclear when the more than 2,300 children already separated from their guardians will be reunited.

Yet, Trump’s promise that keeping families together will not prevent his Administration from maintaining “strong—very strong—borders” makes clear that the crisis of mass detention and deportation at the border and throughout the U.S. is far from over. Meanwhile, Democratic rhetoric of inclusion, integration, and opportunity has failed to fundamentally question the logics (and violence) of Republican calls for a strong border and the nation’s right to protect its sovereignty.

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*r20TpFbuVoFE41wvcmewnQ.jpegMark Tseng-Putterman‬: Writing on Asian America, racial capitalism, and empire's amnesia. PhD student at Brown. Words in Truthout, HuffPost

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