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For Some Central Americans, 'No Option But North'

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They are derided as "migrant caravans" and even "invaders," but the people who travel from Central America to the U.S. border seeking asylum feel like they have run out of choices.

Kelsey Freeman, who now works at Central Oregon Community College, got to know some of the travelers a few years ago, meeting with them at a shelter in central Mexico. And she tells their stories in her book No Option But North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border.

Listen for a glimpse into the reality of life for people who see the United States as the single choice for having any kind of a future.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.