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The Seeds of the Current Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

authenticityBy Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir, Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Studies at Claremont School of Theology

The seeds of the current humanitarian crisis unfolding along the southern border of the United States lie in its deep historical entanglement in Central and Latin America. Already in 1823, as many Latin American countries were gaining independence from Spain, U.S. President James Monroe publicly declared that all of Latin America now belonged to its sphere of influence. Effectively, the U.S. was asserting its neo-colonial dominance over its southern neighbors.

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