There is no doubt that, in recent years, migration has become one of the most politicized issues not only in the United States but in the whole world. Recent results of elections in Europe, including Brexit, have had a clear relation with this hot topic. Anti-immigrant parties have flourished all over the continent and many of them are now in positions of power.

Even in Latin America, where migrants have not really generated much political fuss historically, we are starting to see incumbents and candidates using immigration for their benefit. In Mexico, mayors from different cities — sensing certain discontent in their constituents — have publicly complained about Central American “migrant caravans” arriving and staying in their communities. Generosity toward refugees in countries surrounding Venezuela is waning fast, and South American politicians are starting to use this for electoral gain.

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