Immigration Brief: Central American Economic Migration

Search for a better life is not grounds for asylum

By Kausha Luna and Bryan Griffith on December 22, 2017

After a sharp decline in illegal immigration at the U.S. southern border, the numbers have started to increase again. The Trump administration is considering measures to stop the new influx of families and youths taking the dangerous journey to the border. Kausha Luna, CIS research associate, identifies the majority of these Central American migrants as economic migrants – a population not facing a credible fear of persecution and therefore not qualifying for asylum.


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