Immigration influx: past and present

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Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, move on a road in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A caravan of about 2,500 Central Americans and Cubans is currently making its way through Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)

Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, move on a road in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, Thursday, March 28, 2019. A caravan of about 2,500 Central Americans and Cubans is currently making its way through Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)

Guests: Asawin Suebsaeng, Jeff Faux

The Trump administration has taken some bold steps in recent days, tightening its immigration policies and cracking down on migrants seeking asylum at the US Mexico border. Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, recently announced that she was resigning reportedly under pressure from President Trump. Meanwhile, the president withdrew the nomination of Ron Vitiello for I.C.E. Director. We begin by discussing the shakeups at DHS, what they mean and what happens next. We’re joined by ASAWIN SUEBSAENG, White House Reporter for The Daily Beast. Then, we’ll take a deeper dive into the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, and how it has contributed to the conditions that cause so many to flee their homes for asylum in America. JEFF FAUX, founder and distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute joins us.

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