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When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.

When the Push Outweighs the Pull: The Root Causes of Immigration from the Northern Triangle

The demographics of US-bound migrants are rapidly changing as the influx of single, Mexican adult males from the early 21st century is being replaced by a rise in children, mainly of Central American nationality. The causes of these trends are not surprising as parents of the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are continuing to send their unaccompanied children on the treacherous thousand-mile-plus journey to escape conditions endemic to their homelands. As these migration rates will likely only rise in the years to come, it is crucial that the United States re-evaluate its immigration policy to directly address the push factors that are the root causes of the recent growth in emigration rates from the region.

The Cost of Leaving: The Afghan Human Rights Dilemma

While there are numerous ways to evaluate the defensibility of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the detrimental effect it could have on human rights is tragically neglected. A full withdrawal before the May 1 deadline risks imperiling the significant gains made by vulnerable demographics and increasing the risk of indiscriminate violence. As the Biden administration seeks to restore US global leadership by promoting democratic values, a hasty departure does nothing to advance this goal. It is imperative that the United States maintains its current troop levels in Afghanistan until a peace accord between the Taliban and the current Afghan government is finalized.