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Curious: Why People Try To Enter The U.S.

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Robert Bushell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76451322
Border fence at Nogales.

It is a common question during the ongoing immigration debate: why do people insist on trying to get into the United States, especially when the administration is making it harder?  The answer lies well beyond the U.S. border, in the countries people leave behind. 

Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon anthropologist, studies Latin America and migration.  She has spent time in both Guatemala, one of the countries people are fleeing, and a refugee shelter in San Diego.  Her investigations are the focus of this month's edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio, our joint venture with UO.  
 

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