People all over the world are on the move. Some are seeking better economic opportunities; others are fleeing desperate circumstances in their country of origin. Either way, the United Nations classifies over 3% of the world's population as migrant—a staggering 230 million people. Of those, 11.5 million are living in the United States without authorization, most of them from Central and South America. This month historian Steven Hyland examines the current movement of people from south to north in the Americas—and the current U.S. debate over immigration. He reminds us that these processes are not only recent phenomena but are part of a much longer history of global migration to, within, and from Latin America.

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