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The flier began circulating on social media in Honduras this month, showing a lone migrant sketched against a bright red backdrop.

It was a call to join a caravan, the work of leftist activists and politicians who had helped lead migrants north in the past. But they also tossed a political spark into the mix, blaming their right-wing government for the exodus: “The violence and poverty is expelling us.”

How the Migrant Caravan Became a Trump Election Strategy

Activists in Honduras hoped the caravan would damage a president they opposed and help migrants. Instead it precipitated a crisis that hurt them and played into President Trump’s hands.


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