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Understanding immigration terms
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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