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Fighting Central America’s Drug Cartels And Caring For Victims Of Violence

Americans’ appetite for illegal drugs is one of the driving factors behind violent competition among drug cartels in Central America. Victims of that violence often seek refuge across the southern border of the U.S., but Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says immigration policy north of Panama needs to change. He discusses plans to slow the flow of people from Central America entering the U.S.

Plus, the border battle in context: an update on President Trump’s proposed border wall and stories from the Central American refugee crisis.


John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Adriana Beltrán, Senior Associate, Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA)’s Citizen Security Program

María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Former Foreign Minister of El Salvador; Co-Chair, Atlantic Council’s Northern Triangle Security and Economic Opportunity Task Force

Armando Trull, Senior reporter on race and identity at WAMU; has spent the past four years covering emigration from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

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