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This Route Doesn't Exist on a Map

My story in The New Republic on migrants from Africa & Asia making their way to South America by boat or plane, then heading north toward the U.S. border, overland. 

"One tragic lesson of the extra-continentales is that no set of governments, however callous, can solve the migration crisis by closing its doors to refugees seeking shelter. All Europe has done is redirect the flow of vulnerable humanity, fostering the development of a global superhighway to move people over this great distance. The doors will not hold, and neither will the fences. You can build a wall, but it will not work. Desperate people find a way.

'Cette route,' a French-speaking man from Cameroon told me, one sweltering afternoon in Tapachula on the breezeless balcony of a hotel frequented by irregular migrants, 'n’existe pas sur le map.' This route doesn’t exist on the map." Read more

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