Thousands of Central Americans have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico to begin the long wait to apply for asylum in the United States. Thousands more are following behind.
“This is the best option we have,” Jonatan Alvarado, a 45-year-old from San Marcos, El Salvador, told Al Jazeera on Sunday as he set off for the US.
As the number of people at the border increases daily, US President Donald Trump maintains a “zero tolerance” immigration policy and has deployed thousands of US troops to the southern border.
Who are the people seeking refuge in the US? And why do the words used to describe the collective exodus matter? In a new episode of The Take podcast, Al Jazeera correspondent Heidi Zhou-Castro calls in from Tijuana, and former senior online editor Barry Malone explains why the word “migrant” doesn’t tell the whole story.
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Morgan Waters produced this episode. She had production help from Kyana Moghadam, Jasmin Bauomy, Jordan Marie Bailey and Imtiaz Tyab. The show’s lead producer is Graelyn Brashear. The sound designer was Ian Coss.
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