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Understanding immigration terms

By: - November 26, 2018 2:29 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers fired tear gas and other non-lethal weapons at migrants who had gathered at the border near California over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Many were part of a caravan of migrants fleeing violence in Southern America that has created increased tensions between Mexico and the United States.

Immigration has continued to be a hot-button issue for President Donald J. Trump and Republicans nationally, so as the conversations continue to evolve and things continue to heat up at the border, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the terms used.

In this Arizona Mirror video, learn the differences and distinctions between terms like migrant, immigrant, asylum and refugee.

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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.