U.S. Policy Traps Migrant Workers in Southern Mexico

In “Our Mango Republic,” a collaboration with The Nation, Esther Honig explains how countless people have been trapped in Tapachula, a sprawling Mexican border town where many of the migrants take jobs in agriculture. They are helping to bolster the region’s multimillion-dollar export industry—and harvesting the coffee, bananas, and mangoes destined for the very country responsible for keeping them here.

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