President Donald Trump neither understands nor cares about what’s really driving migration in the Americas. But understanding why people are leaving their home for the treacherous journey north is key to knowing how to manage it. In this video, we explain why the United States must reject the politics of cruelty and chart a new course on migration policy that is cooperative, compassionate, and pragmatic.
Dan Restrepo is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Joel Martinez is the Mexico policy analyst for National Security and International Policy at the Center. Trevor Sutton is a fellow for National Security and International Policy at the Center. Andrew Satter is the senior director of Video at the Center.