Pope Francis, Illegal Immigration And Border Security: How Mexico Became Tougher Than The United States On Migrants

February 18, 2016 2:13 PM

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Pope Francis, Illegal Immigration And Border Security: How Mexico Became Tougher Than The United States On Migrants

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — George Salgado kissed his three children goodbye, embraced his young wife and left his two-room shack in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, for the bus station on the bad side of town. He had $2,000 in his pocket, money borrowed from friends. He knew the journey north, to the United States, would cost him much more.

For four days, Salgado, 28, traveled over borders, dodging immigration officials in Guatemala and southern Mexico and barely eating to save his limited cash. In Mexico City, he found work at a construction site, rented a small room in a house on the outskirts and saved up for six months until he fel...

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