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Seeking Asylum: Why Families Are Fleeing Central America At This Critical Moment

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Honduran migrant Leticia Nunes holds her daughter Mailyn as she and others stand in front of a line of Mexican police in riot gear, when they tried to cross the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

In Tijuana, Mexico officials are moving migrants to new shelters away from the U.S. border. This comes as thousands of migrants have arrived in Tijuana in recent weeks from Central America, seeking asylum in the United States.

Meanwhile U.S. immigration authorities have detained a record number of undocumented immigrants in 2018, including minors. While President Donald Trump's administration has ramped up detention and enforced family separation, President Barack Obama's administration is largely responsible for establishing the family detention system.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss asylum seekers and the U.S. detention system is University of Dayton Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Legal Anthropologist Dr. Miranda Cady Hallett. She is also a Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton.

The Human Rights Center and Campus Ministry at the University of Dayton will host a public vigil commemorating Human Rights Day on December 10 at the Butler County jail in Hamilton, Ohio. The vigil from 8 to 9PM is meant to show solidarity for detained migrants and show support for human rights.

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.