From the National Catholic Reporter:
As the situation at the U.S. border wears on, with child migrants arriving by the thousands, many fleeing extreme violence, the question of first causes has begun to take hold of the public's imagination. … The violence that brings these children to the border is a result of rampant economic inequality and social exclusion. "It's not the case that these kids just arrived out of the blue," said Susan Bibler Coutin, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. "There's a history that led to the creation of conditions where it wasn't safe for them to remain in their homelands, and the United States played a key role in creating those conditions."

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