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Humanitarian Experts Debate Trump's Use Of The Term 'Humanitarian Crisis'

Some in the aid industry are outraged that Trump used the term, but others see it as a positive sign.
A group of Honduran migrants are detained along the U.S.-Mexico border by Mexican police after attempting to cross the border barrier into the U.S. Source: Mario Tama

In a prime-time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night, President Trump said there is a "growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border."

Aid groups agree that what is happening on the border meets the definition of a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of migrants

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